ruffle some feathers

ruffle some feathers

To do something which annoys, irritates, or upsets other people. I know my presentation about the effects of climate change are going to ruffle some feathers, but I have got to raise awareness about this issue! Harry's bombastic, arrogant demeanor tends to ruffle some feathers, but he's a decent guy at heart.
See also: feather, ruffle
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As a centre forward you can't be afraid to ruffle some feathers and he does that but he's much more than a bruiser.
Ruffle some feathers in a Rare black dress, pounds 32, at Topshop, left.
Shaw will play feisty and flirty Eve Birch, the granddaughter of battle-axe Edna, who will ruffle some feathers in the village as she unleashes her charm on the men of Emmerdale.
Those chapters will ruffle some feathers, but Kabat is unafraid of controversy.
They decided the cult figure's performance of Irelande Douze Pointe - a parody of Eurovision - would be the one to ruffle some feathers at the song contest in May
A Granada source said: "Stacey is only in a short time but she is sure to ruffle some feathers.
Someone like Reilly, with a major publication backing him up, can afford to fly in, ruffle some feathers and get away cleanly.
DANIELLE LLOYD: The glamour girl's upcoming tell-all book is set to ruffle some feathers in the celebrity world.
RUFFLE some feathers with this statement clutch, pounds 20, left, from Aldo - www.
Regular readers would recall how a certain Mr Lewis loves nothing better than to ruffle some feathers with his bombardment of anti-Welsh letters.