flutter the dovecotes
alarm, startle or upset a sedate or conventionally minded community.
This expression may come from Shakespeare's Coriolanus : like an eagle in a dove-cote, I Fluttered your Volscians in Corioli.
1992 - Daily Telegraph - It is however the arrival of Michael Heseltine at the DTI that will flutter the dovecotes most of all.
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