Smooth their ruffled feathers - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
smooth someone's ruffled feathers make someone less angry or irritated by using soothing words.
smooth (somebody’s) ruffled ˈfeathers make somebody feel less angry or offended: Her note of apology was meant to smooth ruffled feathers, but it only seemed to make things worse. OPPOSITE: ruffle somebody’s/a few feathers