make the feathers fly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the way feathers fly in all directions when chickens fight.

Verb[edit]

make the feathers fly (third-person singular simple present makes the feathers fly, present participle making the feathers fly, simple past and past participle made the feathers fly)

  1. To cause a big upset or fight.

Usage notes[edit]

There are a number of variants of this phrasal verb, such as "make feathers fly" "cause feathers to fly", etc.

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