Hackle meaning

hăkəl
The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
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Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.
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A feather, usually from the neck of a chicken, used in trimming a fishing fly.
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To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.
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To chop roughly; mangle by hacking.
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To hack.
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A comblike instrument for separating the fibers of flax, hemp, etc.
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The hairs on a dog's neck and back that bristle, as when the dog is ready to fight.
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To separate the fibers of (flax, hemp, etc.) with a hackle.
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(rare) To supply (a fishing fly) with a hackle.
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To cut roughly; hack; mangle.
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Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.
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The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
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An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp. [from 15th c.]
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(usually now in the plural) One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the cock. [from 15th c.]
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(fishing) A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather. [from 17th c.]
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(usually now in the plural) By extension (because the hackles of a cock are lifted when it is angry), the hair on the nape of the neck in dogs and other animals; also used figuratively for humans. [from 19th c.]
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get (one's) hackles up
  • To be extremely insulted or irritated.
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get one's hackles up
  • to become tense with anger; bristle
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

get (one's) hackles up
get one's hackles up

Origin of hackle

  • Middle English hakell cloak, skin, plumage possibly from Old English hacele cloak, mantle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Frequentative of hack

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English *hacule, *hecile, from Proto-Germanic *hakilā. Cognate with Dutch hekel, German Hechel.

    From Wiktionary