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English definition of “ruffle”

ruffle

verb     /ˈrʌf.l̩/
[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
(Definition of ruffle verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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