smooth someone's ruffled feathers
smooth (one's) ruffled feathers
To attempt to calm or placate someone who is annoyed, irritated, or upset. I had to go and smooth my parents' ruffled feathers after my husband criticized them at dinner. The company has been in damage-control mode after the disastrous presentation, with the CEO trying to smooth investor's ruffled feathers.
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smooth someone's ruffled feathersmake someone less angry or irritated by using soothing words.
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