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ruffle

verb uk   /ˈrʌf.l̩/ us  
[T] to touch or move something smooth so that it is not even: She affectionately ruffled his hair with her hand as she passed. The birds ruffled their feathers (up) in alarm.Making things more or less smooth or straight [T often passive] to annoy or upset someone, or to make someone very nervous: He's easily ruffled by criticism.Making people sad, shocked and upset

ruffle

noun [C] uk   /ˈrʌf.l̩/ us  
a series of small folds made in a piece of cloth or sewn onto it, as decorationThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothes
(Definition of ruffle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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