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Definition of hackles noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • the hairs on the back of the neck of a dog, cat, etc. that rise when the animal is afraid or angry
  • Idioms
    somebody's hackles rise
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    to become angry Ben felt his hackles rise as the speaker continued.
    raise somebody's hackles
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    to make someone angry Her controversial article is bound to raise hackles.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hackles