Feathers are Ruffled not Rankled

Bird with ruffled feathers
This morning in an NPR segment about the alleged exploitation of college basketball players, I heard a man say, “It rankles feathers.”
I believe he was reaching for the idiom to ruffle one’s feathers.
Ruffle
Ruffle has various meanings. As a verb, it means “to disarrange or disturb.” Here are examples of its literal use:
It always

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