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ruffle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishruffleruf‧fle1 /ˈrʌfəl/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 (also ruffle something ↔ up)FLAT to make a smooth surface uneven 🔊 He ruffled her hair affectionately. 🔊 A light wind ruffled the water.2 ANNOYto offend or upset someone slightly 🔊 Louise’s sharp comments had ruffled his pride.ruffle somebody’s feathers (=offend someone)→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
ruffleThe maids in their navy-blue uniforms and white ruffled aprons took twice as long to clean his room.They did their best to soothe the ruffled customers who were waiting for car repairs.He was sunk back in a ruffled flowery chair.The wind ruffled his greying hair.Once the cuticle is ruffled, it no longer reflects light so efficiently.The wind ruffled Jill's hair.He ruffled my hair and hugged me close.I don't want to ruffle my hair.The girl yawned and rubbed the back of her head just as the wind of Jezrael's exit ruffled the yellow curls.ruffled ... hairNicholas leant down and ruffled his cold hair.The wind ruffled his greying hair.They kissed Guks and ruffled his hair.He ruffled my hair and hugged me close.A strong breeze ruffled Crossley's hair and made him shiver.A breeze ruffled her hair and set hanks of wool waving on the fence-wire.He dragged at his shirt and ruffled his hair and stamped his feet an swung his arms about.After the first night, at the party he had danced with her three times, and ruffled her hair once.
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ruffleruffle2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 DCCa band of thin cloth sewn in folds as a decoration around the edge of something such as a collar
Examples from the Corpus
ruffleCan you name any other dance organization in which a male dancer substitutes for a female without raising a ruffle?An adjustment of her tight neck ruffle, and Natalie continues, looking me straight in the eye with a stern glare.The ruffle of her nightgown followed her in a mad wake.All these ruffles should be smoothed out after a few days.On the mainland, the small beaches were faintly visible, the surf like a tiny ruffle of white lace.Sam had blood on his white jacket and down the white ruffles.They developed women's fashions-long dresses with ruffles and frills-based on that of the Southern gentry.She was flushed and handsome after her rest, wearing something red, with ruffles round the neck.
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Verb table
ruffle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyruffle
he, she, itruffles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyruffled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave ruffled
he, she, ithas ruffled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad ruffled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill ruffle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have ruffled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam ruffling
he, she, itis ruffling
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you, we, theyare ruffling
Past
I, he, she, itwas ruffling
you, we, theywere ruffling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been ruffling
he, she, ithas been ruffling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been ruffling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be ruffling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been ruffling
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