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hackle1

[hak-uh l] /ˈhæk əl/
noun
1.
one of the long, slender feathers on the neck or saddle of certain birds, as the domestic rooster, much used in making artificial flies for anglers.
2.
the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.
3.
hackles.
  1. the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck:
    At the sound of footsteps, the dog raised her hackles.
  2. anger, especially when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner:
    with one's hackles up.
4.
Angling.
  1. the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird.
  2. hackle fly.
5.
a comb for dressing flax or hemp.
verb (used with object), hackled, hackling.
6.
Angling. to equip with a hackle.
7.
to comb, as flax or hemp.
Idioms
8.
raise one's hackles, to arouse one's anger:
Such officiousness always raises my hackles.
Also, hatchel, heckle (for defs 5, 7).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle
Related forms
hackler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raise one's hackles

hackle

/ˈhækəl/
noun
1.
any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
2.
(angling)
  1. parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
  2. short for hackle fly
3.
a feathered ornament worn in the headdress of some British regiments
4.
a steel flax comb
verb (transitive)
5.
to comb (flax) using a hackle
See also hackles
Derived Forms
hackler, noun
Word Origin
C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel
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Word Origin and History for raise one's hackles

hackle

n.

Old English hacele "cloak, mantle" (cf. Old High German hachul, Gothic hakuls "cloak;" Old Norse hekla "hooded frock"). Sense of "bird plumage" is first recorded early 15c., though this might be from unrelated Middle English hackle "flax comb" (see heckle (n.)) on supposed resemblance of comb to ruffled feathers. Metaphoric extension found in raise one's hackles (as a cock does when angry) is first recorded 1881.

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Idioms and Phrases with raise one's hackles

raise one's hackles

Make one very angry, as in That really raised my hackles when he pitched straight at the batter's head. Hackles are the hairs on the back of an animal's neck, which stick up when the animal feels fearful or angry. [ Late 1800s ]
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