Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove ruffles from; to make smooth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cease from being ruffled or agitated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cease from being ruffled or agitated; subside to smoothness.

Etymologies

un- +‎ ruffle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is difficult not to chuckle in mordant fashion as the Obama spokespeople unruffle their lace cuffs and sniff at the ungentlemanly conduct of the Republican swine.

    Obama Campaign Hits McCain Iraq Ad As "Misleading," Uncivil

  • "If people's feathers got ruffled, we want to unruffle them."

    Saks Upends Luxury Market

  • Trying to unruffle my feathers and thinking of a rejoinder.

    Name Calling

  • I know you are right Your Snarkiness, but your ability to tip your hat to the publishing industry didn't do much to unruffle my feathers.

    More on Nicole's "book"

  • There's an effort on Capitol Hill to try to unruffle some feathers.

    CNN Transcript Dec 2, 2005

  • Listen to me, dear little father, unruffle that frowning brow and reckon, you can do so without trouble, not with pebbles, but on your fingers, what is the sum-total of the tribute paid by the allied towns; besides this we have the direct imposts,

    The Wasps

  • Tom was packed in ten minutes, all except what his aunt and Mary would finish up for him; then we waited ten more for her to get cooled down and sweet and gentle again; for Tom said it took her ten minutes to unruffle in times when half of her feathers was up, but twenty when they was all up, and this was one of the times when they was all up.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

  • Prokofy Neva: today I literally spent 2 hours trying to unruffle tenants, get land and stuff back to normal, it was awful

    Second Thoughts

  • I'm brewing some chai tea to unruffle our liberal feathers.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Some people in Britain eventually realized this as well, but by then it was too late to unruffle the colonists’ feathers.

    It’s Patriots’ Day

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