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ruffle

a low continuous drumbeat

ruffle

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(geology)
A ripple mark produced by an eddy.
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DONCASTER mayor Peter Davies loves his racing - he has advocated the town's schools close during Leger week - but he also appears to like ruffling feathers and has done just that with the racecourse's neighbours.
99 THIS year's Premier League season looks like it might spring a couple of surprises, with moneybags Manchester City and Harry Redknapp's Spurs side ruffling feathers early on, but you can bet the usual suspects will be up there come May.
She didn't worry about ruffling feathers or rocking the boat; her only concern was doing what she believed was in the best interests of the people of Detroit.
Second, the BCCI affair showed Kerry to be a politician driven by a sense of mission, rather than expediency--even when it meant ruffling feathers.
THE rise of Michael Heseltine is ruffling feathers,and Clark's prized anti-fur bill is suddenly finding itself out of favour with the PM.
Robinson, who is known for ruffling feathers, is to host a BBC2 series to find Great Britons and was dumbfounded that Diana was on the shortlist.
John Turturro gives a good performance, does a so-so imitation of and looks very little like Howard Cosell, the pugnaciously erudite and gleefully arrogant sports announcer who was happiest when ruffling feathers.
A MYSTERY visitor is ruffling feathers in Huddersfield.