Alter one's senses, make one suspicious.Originally Posted by Joe
It's an idiom; it comes from birds; when a bird is uncomfortable or uneasy, it ruffles it's feathers.2) The lecture had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience.
I thought "feathers" here refers to some kind of people. But in the dictionary, I saw a "ruffle someone's feathers" item. Does the sentence have anything to do with the phrase in the dictionary?
To make one feel uneasy, uncomfortable.
Yup. You got it. They are as inspired as they are horrific. :D3) ...employing methods as inspired as they are horrific.
Does it suggest that "the methods are both inspired and horrific"? This kind of comparing is kind of tricky, because to me, "being inspired" and "being horrific" are uncomparable--they are different qualities.
Yes. He's kneeling on all fours: 2 knees and 2 hands.4) On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly.
He is kneeling with his hands and knees on the ground. Is it the position indicated by the black part?