flutter in the dovecote definition
Define the meaning of the English word flutter in the dovecote below. Flutter in the dovecote is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
Probably from flutter the dovecote, possibly from Coriolanus (written c. 1608–1609; published 1623) by the English playwright William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Act V, scene vi (spelling modernized): “[L]ike an eagle in a dovecote, I / Fluttered your Volcians in Corioles.”
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌflʌtə ɪn‿ðə ˈdʌvkɒt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌflʌtɚ ɪn‿ðə ˈdʌvkɑt/, [-ɾɚ-]
- Hyphenation: flut‧ter in the dove‧cote
- (idiomatic) A disturbance, usually one caused within a group of people who are generally placid and unexcited.
- 2001 November 15, Avi Shlaim, “Israel Confronts Its Past”, in St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (Conflict, Justice, and Collective Memories: How Countries Deal with Difficult Pasts [lecture series]), archived from the original on 25 September 2006:
- I further argued that the principal cause for the political deadlock that persisted for thirty years after the guns fell silent was Israeli intransigence rather than Arab intransigence. The appearance of the first wave of revisionist studies excited a great deal of interest and controversy in the media and more than a flutter in the academic dovecote.
- ^ William Shakespeare (written c. 1608–1609), “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, page 30: “[L]ike an Eagle in a Doue-coat, I / Flatter’d[sic – meaning Flutter’d] your Volcians in Corioles.”
- ^ Compare “to flutter the dovecotes” under “flutter, v.”, in OED Online
, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2022; “flutter the dovecotes, phrase”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.