[ hak-uh l ]
/ ˈhæk əl /
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.
the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.
- the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck: At the sound of footsteps, the dog raised her hackles.
- anger, especially when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner: with one's hackles up.
- the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird.
- hackle fly.
a comb for dressing flax or hemp.
verb (used with object), hack·led, hack·ling.
Angling. to equip with a hackle.
to comb, as flax or hemp.
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raise one's hackles, to arouse one's anger: Such officiousness always raises my hackles.
Origin of hackle1
1400–50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle
Related formshack·ler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raise one's hackles
/ (ˈhækəl) /
any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
- parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
- short for hackle fly
a feathered ornament worn in the headdress of some British regiments
a steel flax comb
to comb (flax) using a hackle
See also hackles
Derived Formshackler, noun
Word Origin for hackle
C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel
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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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