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verb [transitive] ruffle pronunciation in British English /ˈrʌf(ə)l/
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present tense
present participleruffling
past tenseruffled
past participleruffled

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  1. 1
    to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even
    Don’t ruffle the tablecloth – I just ironed it.
    1. a.
      to move someones hair in a friendly way
      She kissed him on the forehead and ruffled his hair.
    2. b.
      used about birds
      The caged bird ruffled its throat feathers and sang.
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    3. c.
      used about the wind
      a breeze ruffling the calm surface of the hotel pool
  2. 2
    to make someone feel upset
    Don’t let him ruffle you.



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