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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.
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your, his, etc. ˈhackles rise

become angry: Ben felt his hackles rise as the speaker continued.
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In football, I might have a go at someone but when it was finished, it was finished, and I didn't hold grudges." The only time during our chat that I sense his hackles rise is the mention of the 2012 case in which he was charged with - and cleared of - tax evasion.
The injustice makes the 21st Century hackles rise to the extent that Merunas Vitulskis, the Lithuanian tenor cast as Pinkerton, earned a final curtain ovation that was tinged with panto-esque boos.
The ex-Doctor Who said of the adaptations of Shakespeare history plays: "Why didn't somebody like myself get offered a lead?" The actor also criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company in Radio Times, saying: "My hackles rise because I just see a sea of white faces.
My motto is cancel and cart yourself off to bed" Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter on what makes her hackles rise
My motto is cancel and cart yourself off to bed - Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter on what makes her hackles rise I don't work in movies.
My motto is cancel and cart yourself off to bed' Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter on what makes her hackles rise.
Seeing someone at the feet of someone else makes my stomach turn" - Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy Murray, on the pet hate which makes her hackles rise.
Reluctantly, he complied and I watched his hackles rise as the only woman who makes his teeth grate more than me started barking out directions.
His hackles rise describing what he claims is the "dismantling from within" of the British Diplomatic Service, "once enviously regarded as the finest in the world".
He saw my appearance made people's hackles rise - the women put on more make-up, cut their clothes shorter and padded their bras more.
WHEN you told Gordon Strachan he was obsessed with football, you could almost see his hackles rise as he fixed you with a withering stare before snarling some cutting put-down.
Before any hackles rise, this is not a matter of condescension, of implying that the little girlies aren't up to playing with the big boys unless they are given preferential treatment.
But suggest that the film affords a fascinating insight into the days when abortion on demand was not only scandalous but illegal and Leigh's hackles rise.
Any suggestion that another child might be cleverer than your own naturally makes maternal hackles rise - mine have often, but I hope nobody noticed at the time.
It's been a long time coming but the penny finally drops for Kat when her hackles rise watching Alfie flirt with Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) and she comes out in goose bumps when he brushes against her.