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(one's) hackles rise

One becomes greatly irritated, annoyed, or aggravated. The disrespect he showed our professor during class made my hackles rise so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. I could see her hackles rising at the suggestion of reducing her hours at work.
See also: hackle, rise

get (one's) hackles up

To become or cause to become angry, hostile, defensive, or irritable. John got his hackles up when his parents brought up the subject of college. Election season always gets my dad's hackles up.
See also: get, hackle, up

make (someone's) hackles rise

To greatly irritate, annoy, or aggravate someone. The disrespect he showed our professor during class made my hackles rise so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. The politician has a gift for making his opponents' hackles rise during debates.
See also: hackle, make, rise

raise (one's) hackles

To greatly irritate, annoy, or aggravate one. The disrespect he showed our professor during class raised my hackles so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. The politician has a gift for raising his opponents' hackles during debates.
See also: hackle, raise

get someone's dander up

 and get someone's back up; get someone's hackles up; get someone's Irish up; put someone's back up
Fig. to make someone get angry. (Fixed order.) Now, don't get your dander up. Calm down. I insulted him and really got his hackles up. Bob had his Irish up all day yesterday. I don't know what was wrong. Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
See also: dander, get, up

raise one's hackles

Make one very angry, as in That really raised my hackles when he pitched straight at the batter's head. Hackles are the hairs on the back of an animal's neck, which stick up when the animal feels fearful or angry. [Late 1800s]
See also: hackle, raise

raise someone's hackles

COMMON If something raises your hackles, it makes you angry. The taxes will be designed not to raise voters' hackles too much. Note: You can also say that something raises hackles if it makes people angry. Certainly Smedley's pay packet of $1 million-plus would have raised a few hackles among the medical profession. Note: When something makes you angry or annoyed, you can say that your hackles rise. My hackles rose when I read his letter. Note: `Hackles' are feathers on the necks of cockerels and some other birds. They rise up when the bird becomes aggressive.
See also: hackle, raise

make someone's hackles rise

make someone angry or indignant.
Hackles are the long feathers on the neck of a fighting cock or the hairs on the top of a dog's neck, which are raised when the animal is angry or excited.
See also: hackle, make, rise

your, his, etc. ˈhackles rise

become angry: Ben felt his hackles rise as the speaker continued.
See also: hackle, rise

make somebody’s ˈhackles rise


raise ˈhackles

make somebody angry: He really makes my hackles rise, that man. He’s so rude to everybody.Her remarks certainly raised hackles.
Hackles are the hairs on the back of a dog’s neck that rise when it is angry or excited.
See also: hackle, make, rise

get (one's) hackles up

To be extremely insulted or irritated.
See also: get, hackle, up

raise one's hackles, to

To arouse one’s anger. The hackles are the hair on the back of an animal’s neck that sticks straight up with excitement, fear, or other strong emotion. “With the hackles up,” meaning on the point of fighting, was transferred to humans in the late nineteenth century. “I almost saw the hackles of a good old squire rise,” wrote Edward Pennell-Elmhirst (The Cream of Leicestershire, 1883).
See also: raise
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Wake hackle in many other materials is identified as a singularity--a line extending from the following end of an inclusion or other microstructural irregularity, aligned in the direction of crack propagation, and resulting from slight sifts in the angle of the progressing crack wave as it reaches the other side of the inclusion.
At the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, N.J., this past January, I had a chance to talk to Bill Keough of Keough Hackles in Mendon, Mich., one of the largest fly-tying feather suppliers in the world.
The laminations are confined within individual horizontal bands; that is, they initiate at the top of the band, are truncated at the base, but cross-cut the crescentic hackles described above.
Today the Professor has a yellow body and no palmered hackle, while the Queen of the Water, thought to imitate a hairy caterpillar, features brown hackle palmered (or spiraled) over an orange body.
On the river Teifi there was the Teifi terror-the dressing was a black body (wool, floss, seal's fur) with wide silver ribbing and black or coch a bonddu hackle. Over the years extra materials have been added to it - black hair wing and then jungle cock.
Feathers produced at Whiting Farms primarily are used for dry fly hackle, or flies that float on the surface of the water.
"I know Kevin was immensely proud to wear the Red Hackle.
The Red Hackle is the feather plume worn on the left of the Tam O'Shanter by troops.
A hackle or two seemed to go up, suggesting that some of those associated with the 'old' regulator might not have been so lenient.
While still wet, embed the hackle into the glue with the curve of the feathers bending up towards you.
Soldiers will wear the Prince of Wales feathers on the cap badge and white hackle of feathers on the new beret.
Howra found a hackle in the street while playing and now proudly wears it in her hair.
A vast majority of his flies had partridge or grouse hackle but he also made use of the Coch a bonddu hackle.
Secure the end of the body to the hook and remove the hackle pliers.
An Honest Angler: The Best of Sparse Grey Hackle, edited and foreword by Patricia Miller Sherwood.