Definition of hackle in English:

hackle

Syllabification: hack·le
Pronunciation: /ˈhakəl
 
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noun

  • 1 (hackles) Erectile hairs along the back of a dog or other animal that rise when it is angry or alarmed.
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    • The dog stared, ears flattening, and she saw his hackles rise along his spine.
    • Her eyes practically exploded with flames and her hair rose a little, like a dog rising its hackles.
    • Sekher felt his hackles rise, claws extruded in fear.
  • 2 (often hackles) A long, narrow feather on the neck or saddle of a domestic rooster or other bird.
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    • Even before they hit the ground both birds fan their hackles out, resembling nothing so much as a suddenly opened umbrella.
    • Another distinct bird is the Nicobar pigeon with its metallic green hackles and sheen on its plumage.
  • 2.1 Fishing A feather wound around a fishing fly so that its filaments are splayed out.
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    • I clip off all the bottom and top hackles leaving the side hackles to ensure the fly sits in the surface film.
    • Different coloured hackle fibres for tail and throat hackles can work well.
    • Take ribbing wire through the hackle again in open
  • 2.2Fly-fishing feathers collectively.
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    • I believe that the palmered body hackle causes a disturbance in the water and this is an attraction itself.
    • Twist peacock herl ends and wind on in front of hackle to form a neat head.
    • At the front I use two or three strands of three inches of round rubber hackle.
  • 2.3A bunch of feathers in a military headdress.
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    • Faced with the famous red hackles of the the organization, they dropped their bags and applauded.
    • He will attempt to claim credit for preserving individual regimental identities within the new Scottish regiment by keeping their traditional cap badges, hackles and other distinctive traditions.
    • Down the main street strides the major of the army, an icy wind pulling at the red hackle on his bonnet.
  • 3A steel comb for separating flax fibers.

verb

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  • Dress or comb with a hackle.
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    • Then the stems were hackled (from the Old High German word that also gave us hook) to remove any remaining non-fibrous material by drawing them through a big comb consisting of a bed of nails in a wooden board.
    • In August we shall keep many people busy with retting and hackling, and by late September have much linen thread to spin.
    • Spinning wheels lined the walls and at the central tables others sorted, hackled and carded the wool.

Phrases

make someone's hackles rise

Make someone angry or indignant.

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): variant of hatchel.

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