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    Default flutter the dovecote

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “There have been times, Dinny, when I’ve had my doubts.”
    “Not about Michael”
    “No, no; he’s a first-rate fellow. But Fleur has fluttered their dovecote once or twice; since her father’s death, however, she’s been exemplary” (J. Galsworthy, “Maid in Waiting”)

    flutter the dovecote = cause a commotion

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    Default Re: flutter the dovecote

    Yes; cause bother, anxiety, excitement, commotion, etc.

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