ruffle someone's feathers

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ruffle someone's feathers

  1. (idiomatic) To unease, cause discomfort to someone
    • 2012 August 23, Alasdair Lamont, “Hearts 0-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Sutton and David Templeton both had efforts just off target as Hearts' tactics of high-tempo, pressing football ruffled the English side's feathers.

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