Flutter the Dovecotes

(To). To disturb the equanimity of a society. The phrase occurs in Coriolanus.

“The important movement in favour of a general school of law fluttered the dovecotes of the Inns of Court.” —Nineteenth Century (Nov. 1892 p. 779).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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