hackle hackle  /ˈhæ kəl/


  1. (n) long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
  2. (v) comb with a heckle



  1. For a hackle-raising reel or so, the good guys are whiplashed, stomped on and strapped to chairs in a steamy cell of the impregnable Szarhaza prison.
  2. The trip was a success, even though Prince Philip managed to raise a highland hackle or two.
  3. As Sarah, Mia Farrow raises every available hackle as she retrogresses from sunny convalescent to whimpering animal.


  • The ‘scandalanche’ & the data-mining

    The “revelations” of National Security Agency data-mining of phone records and Internet use were no news to those who’d been paying attention. It’s only the rest of the Obama “scandalanche” that makes it a hackle-raiser. The data-mining program first started at least seven years ago, under the authorization...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: New York Post

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