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all fur coat and no knickers

Good-looking on the surface but lacking substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's really all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

be all fur coat and no knickers

To be attractive on the surface but lack substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

the feathers fly

There is an argument. When the feathers fly, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the feathers will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: feather, fly

the fur flies

There is an argument. When the fur flies, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the fur will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: flies, fur

fur and feather

Animals or birds that are hunted. We are going out today in pursuit of fur and feather.
See also: and, feather, fur

make the fur fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the fur fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the fur fly if she finds out we took her car without asking.
2. To do or attempt something with great energy, enthusiasm, and skill. The team's quarterback really made the fur fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: fly, fur, make

make the dust fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the dust fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the dust fly if she finds out we took her car without asking.
2. To do or attempt something with great energy, enthusiasm, and skill. The team's quarterback really made the dust fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: dust, fly, make

fur piece

A long distance. You'd better take a jacket—it's a fur piece to the store and not exactly warm out.
See also: fur, piece

furball

1. An animal, usually a pet. I can't wait to get home—I hate to be away from my furballs for long!
2. A clump of hair or fur, as coughed up by a cat. Also called a "hairball." Gross, it looks like Fluffy coughed up a furball on the rug.

fur piece

Rur. a long distance. (Fur = far.) It's a fur piece to the library. You'd best take the bus instead of walking. It's a pretty fur piece to the nearest big town.
See also: fur, piece

make the fur fly

 and make the feathers fly
Fig. to cause a fight or an argument; to create an uproar. When your mother gets home and sees what you've done, she'll really make the fur fly. When those two get together, they'll make the feathers fly. They hate each other.
See also: fly, fur, make

make the dust fly

Also, make the feathers or fur fly . Stir matters up, cause a commotion or disturbance. For example, When she saw the dog sleeping on her new bedspread, she really made the dust fly, or As soon as he learns who dented his car, he'll make the feathers fly, or She'd better not interfere or he'll make the fur fly. The first usage alludes to the results of a vigorous house-cleaning effort. The two variants, both dating from the early 1800s, allude to what happens when a hunting dog is set on a bird or rabbit.
See also: dust, fly, make

the fur flies

If the fur flies, people argue very fiercely and angrily about something. The fur has been flying in Geneva this week, as the two contenders to be next head of the World Trade Organisation squared up to one another. If she ever finds out who did it then the fur will fly. Note: You can also say that someone or something sets the fur flying. A blazing row between Euro factions set the fur flying again on the Tory backbenches. Note: The image here is of animals tearing out each other's fur during a fight.
See also: flies, fur

be all fur coat and no knickers

have an impressive or sophisticated appearance which belies the fact that there is nothing to substantiate it. British informal
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

fur and feather

game animals and birds.
See also: and, feather, fur

the fur will fly

there will be serious, perhaps violent, trouble. informal
This phrase originated in the early 19th century, in the US. The image is of a furious fight between dogs or cats.
See also: fly, fur, will

the ˌfeathers/ˌfur/ˌsparks will ˈfly

(informal) there will be anger, annoyance, etc: The fur will really fly when she tells him he can’t go out tonight.
See also: feather, fly, fur, Sparks, will

fur

n. the police. (A play on the fuzz.) I think the fur is onto you, Rocko.

furball

verb

make the dust fly

To go about a task with great energy and speed.
See also: dust, fly, make
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The muskrat has a long history in Canada because it was an easily-accessible trapping fur and not expensive.
Fur virtually vanished in public but, judging by a Newcastle auction today, it could be inching back at bargain basement prices.
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It's definitely cool to wear fur now,' he has been quoted as saying.
Lots of women prefer not to wear real fur, but the trends for luxury dressing and expensive style has meant an increase in designers using real fur from the likes of Louis Vuitton to Michael Kors, '' says Amy Purshouse, Cosmopolitan's fashion editor.
Left: Mixed furs resonate in Simonetta Ravizza's ensemble of fur jacket with lower sections and portion of sleeves of leopard print, worn over short gold leather skirl accessorized with flat calf-high boots of tiger print and big fur hat.
SPR said that it would as an organization concentrate on looking after political interests, and would leave the actual marketing of furs to the individual fur producers.
With limited supplies, traders traveled by canoe and on foot through the perils of Canada's northwest to find furs for the markets in Europe.
The daring use of false documents at Irkutsk airport in Russia has seen USD500,000 worth of furs stolen from the airport`s warehouse on 19 January.