(one's) hackles rise

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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.
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.
"When our politicians re-announce old policies as if we are too stupid to notice there's nothing new" Simon Weston, who was badly injured in the Falklands, on what makes his hackles rise.
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".
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.