Under hackler I was treated more like a brute than a human being.
"Let her know her little boy is going out in good company," said hackler.
hackler says so, the boatman says so; he could not live on the moor.
"Better where you are," said hackler, with what sounded very much like a sigh.
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.