The inconveniences are ruffling feathers, but such diplomatic skirmishes are more procedural than political.
Poor Fairy was wandering restlessly before the closed door, ruffling her feathers, and sometimes flying up and pecking at it.
She seemed to get it too clearly cut, there was no ruffling.
A fierce wind was howling over the land, swaying the trees and ruffling the surface of the lake.
I said, ruffling up my fur and my tail, for I was very angry.
Just then the first puff of the coming breeze swept up the river, ruffling its hitherto glassy surface.
Then she had three rolls of ruffling, yards and yards in each piece.
“And a false charge too,” cried the woman, ruffling up angrily.
ruffling the surface of the water for a few seconds, it passed away.
A cold and mournful wind blew down the street, ruffling the darkened river.
early 14c., "to disturb the smoothness of," perhaps from Old Norse hrufla "to scratch," or Low German ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl," both of unknown origin. Meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.
"ornamental frill," 1707, from ruffle (v.).