Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “make (sb's) hackles rise”

make (sb's) hackles rise

(also raise (sb's) hackles)
to annoy someone: The prime minister's speech has raised hackles among the opposition .Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
(Definition of make (sb's) hackles rise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Causing feelings of anger and displeasure, but you might be interested in these topics from the Anger topic area:

Translations of “make (sb's) hackles rise”

Word of the Day

chef

a skilled and trained cook who works in a hotel or restaurant, especially the most important cook

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More