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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.
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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]
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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.
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Gatland raised hackles north of the border last year when he suggested Scotland's poor track record outside of Edinburgh and Rome would count out many of their hopefuls for a place in his British and Irish Lions squad.
The statue raised hackles at the Japanese Embassy, which asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Manila city government for explanations.
KING Felipe of Spain raised hackles simply by mentioning Gibraltar on his State visit to the UK.
On the other hand, hours after Mishra was sacked, Vishwas raised hackles within the party, vowing for ' another movement inside and outside'.
On Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised hackles in Moscow when he called for "demonstrations outside the Russian embassy" over its bombing campaign.
Another issue that has raised hackles is plans for a special court to speed up cases by companies against governments over breaches of regulatory issues, which opponents see as giving firms a veto over public policy, particularly in social and environmental areas.
naval destroyer, entered the Black Sea a few days ago on a routine deployment, a move it said raised hackles in Moscow because it had recently been fitted with a new missile system.
Aside from the Mavi Marmara incident, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish state.
Warren and othe have raised hackles about recent efforts to declaw the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which was created to safeguard against systemic risks following the financial crisis.
Along with Paulding County s attempts to commercialize its airport, a land deal concerning 163 acres at the airport caught the attention of the FAA and has raised hackles at Atlanta City Hall.
It has not only raised hackles amongst vendors but also troubled enterprise technology leaders alike - those who have inadvertently deployed unlicensed software.
So why the raised hackles when actor Hugh Grant is revealed to have fathered three children by two women in 12 months?
Warner had previously told a press conference that Trott's secondinnings dismissal in the match was "pretty poor and pretty weak" - something which raised hackles in the England camp given Trott's behind-the-scenes troubles.
Warner had previously told a press conference that Trott's second-innings dismissal in the match was "pretty poor and pretty weak" - something which raised hackles in the England camp given Trott's behind-the-scenes troubles.
The source of the original complaint may have raised hackles in Milwaukee--the complainant was MillerCoors' arch-competitor, Anheuser-Busch InBev.