ruffle a few feathers

ruffle a few feathers

To do something which annoys, irritates, or upsets other people. I know my presentation about the effects of climate change is going to ruffle a few feathers, but I have got to raise awareness about this issue! Harry's bombastic, arrogant demeanor tends to ruffle a few feathers, but he's a decent guy at heart.
See also: feather, few, ruffle

ruffle somebody’s/a few ˈfeathers

(informal) annoy somebody by doing something that upsets and disturbs them: All this talk of a strike has clearly ruffled the management’s feathers. OPPOSITE: smooth (somebody’s) ruffled feathers
This refers to the way the wind disturbs the smooth surface of a bird’s feathers so that they stick out.
See also: feather, few, ruffle
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"It'll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and to see if we can really ruffle a few feathers," said Wood.
GARETH Anscombe says Six Nations champions Wales have reason to believe they can "ruffle a few feathers" at the World Cup later this year.
NEIL WARNOCK has dubbed Cardiff City's promotion 'my greatest achievement in football' and warned his Bluebirds are ready to ruffle a few feathers in the Premier League.
SCOTT Ruscoe wants his side to "ruffle a few feathers" as The New Saints look to overturn a 2-0 deficit in tonight's UEFA Champions League second qualifying round second leg against Croatian champions HNK Rijeka at Park Hal (7pm).
The BBC radio DJ, 59, entered the camp two days ago and pals reckon he might ruffle a few feathers.
"But we've actually got the England flag on our club badge so that might ruffle a few feathers!"
"But, if we can win, it would ruffle a few feathers, based on what the perception is of where our team is at and what we could possibly do this year."
Perch told the Chronicle: "We're going to go down there to ruffle a few feathers.
STEVE Sidwell says Villa have to be prepared to add some steel to their game and "ruffle a few feathers" in the opening stages at Arsenal tomorrow.
Poole's Leigh Adams and Ipswich's Scott Nicholls are the star attractions, and Coventry's Billy Janniro is sure to ruffle a few feathers.
The Fulham captain will earn his 54th cap against the Azzurri, and he hopes to ruffle a few feathers.
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And while they are all common names of popular birds, it's still sure to ruffle a few feathers.
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