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ruffle someone's feathers

Definition of ruffle someone's feathers in English:

Cause someone to become annoyed or upset: his sudden rise ruffled the feathers of the old guard tampering with the traditional approach would ruffle a few feathers
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  • Jess bumped a side table and sent it crashing to the dusty floor with a clang that shook my eardrums, ruffled my feathers with the irritating vibration, and made every one of us jump.
  • It's this snobbish attitude toward work place interaction that ruffles my feathers.
  • It's been a difficult week for the committee that devised the rules, but not one that ruffled their feathers unduly.
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