hackles rising

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An emotional or mental reaction to an irritable situation or person which causes a physical response to ones patience and/or the hair on the back of the one's neck.
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Hey! Morgansteen, just sitting here listening to your diatribe raises the hackles on the back of my neck!

Submitted by WerterBuch on September 05, 2015

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