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ruffle

a low continuous drumbeat

ruffle

[′rəf·əl]
(geology)
A ripple mark produced by an eddy.
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Langmyer's job of smoothing ruffled feathers increased incrementally.
Find a person on your staff who is good at smoothing ruffled feathers, working through conflict, and able to make suggestions to solve such situations.
If experience is anything to go by, the first six months of the new relationship will be spent smoothing ruffled feathers and mending broken fences.