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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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To bring it all up to date, I would like to propose a big cheer for the blimpish General Sir Nicholas Houghton, whose views on poppies and nuclear weapons have ruffled a few feathers.
But when he took to Twitter to suggest Jordan Henderson will never be the heir to Steven Gerrard's Anfield throne in light of the penalty kerfuffle against Besiktas, he ruffled a few feathers - including those of Jamie Carragher.
Charli XCX revealed she ruffled a few feathers when she went to the Grammys in LA this month.
His garish outfit, created in partnership with respected Savile Row tailor William Hunt, may have ruffled a few feathers among golf traditionalists at the time.
Her outspoken ways may have ruffled a few feathers down the years, but even Justin joined an army of celebs who offered words of encouragement to Lily.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Susie has reported on censorship in Saudi Arabia before, and it appears as though she may have ruffled a few feathers along the way.
He has ruffled a few feathers and I think it has been great for English football.
It seemed at least someone was paying attention to me, and that I had indeed ruffled a few feathers.
THE Irish Football Association's decision to invoke the four-day rule regarding international players playing for their clubs has already ruffled a few feathers.
Hayley's views on the new housing development, which went out across the Radio Borchester airwaves, not only ruffled a few feathers in Ambridge, they also unleashed a rather unpleasant side to one of the residents.
THIS plucky pigeon certainly ruffled a few feathers when he earned his nickname "Mousetrap".
Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army OUR other recent X Factor runner-up may have ruffled a few feathers taking on this White Stripes classic but it''s a seriously catchy and credible cover which suits the Crosby star''s funky, retro leanings.
AS a long-retired police officer, I am not surprised one little bit that Chief Superintendent Anne McGuire has ruffled a few feathers in Glasgow in an effort to curb weekend violence in the streets I once patrolled.
If that ruffled a few feathers at Liverpool, it wasn't meant to.
A LOST swan ruffled a few feathers when it waddled on to a dual carriageway in Rugby yesterday and brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill.