make the feathers fly

make the feathers fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the feathers fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the feathers 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 feathers fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: feather, fly, make
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