- n a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
- n a high tight collar
- n a noisy fight
- v stir up (water) so as to form ripples
- v trouble or vex
ruffle somebody's composure
- v to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
- v discompose
This play is going to ruffle some people
- v twitch or flutter
- v mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
- v erect or fluff up
the bird ruffled its feathers
- v disturb the smoothness of
ruffle the surface of the water
- v pleat or gather into a ruffle
ruffle the curtain fabric
- So as not to ruffle any local activists' feathers, the members elected as their president a relative newcomer to Montgomery, the young minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church: the .
- Stewart admits that she hasn't sewed her own clothes in years, but she still makes the occasional dust ruffle and says her skills remain sharp.
- It's true that the discoveries of Picasso and Pollock don't much ruffle the grave surfaces of Wyeth's work.
- Jeff Gordon in The Associated Press
I'm going to ruffle some feathers and make some mistakes,Gordon said.
- Jock Hobbs in International Herald Tribune
We're talking about the integrity and meaningfulness of international rugby. It's critical, it's the very heart and soul of our game,Hobbs said with a view to the torrid workload on top players. "It'll certainly ruffle a few feathers and...
- Joe Ogilvie in WJZ
We'll find out July 1. I think it'll be a non-event,Ogilvie said. "It'll be a little bit of a hassle after you make your double-bogey, the guy coming in saying you've got to go pee in a cup. That'll ruffle a few feathers, but in this day...