make (someone's) hackles rise(redirected from make hackles rise)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to make hackles rise: raise hackles
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.