The,hairs, spines or feathers of an animal, which are raised when the creature in question is distressed.
"Suddenly there was a crash downstairs,I thought it was a freaking burglar!it turned out it was the darn cat,I had my hackles up over nothing!"
by Scarlo September 4, 2008
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The feathers in the neck of a dominating cock or a so called rooster.
Woah that rooster must have fucking large and long hackles in its neck:O
by ChrisO'Neat May 12, 2010
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"Don't get your hackles up."
i.e. "Don't get your panties in a bunch"
by The Office IT Department May 22, 2008
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The offspring of hacker parents. Children with the hacker mentality that need ethical cultivating of their curiosity for exploring boundaries and related interests. A child who combines excellence, playfulness, cleverness and exploration in performed activities.
The Security BSides Delaware conference welcomes all young hacklings to learn about information security by attending Spawn Camp.
by BSidesDE October 20, 2015
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To be really irritated. Also the name of a funny webcomic.
by w00tw00t April 6, 2003
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Hackle: When someone both cackles (laughs) and hacks(coughs) at the same time.
I think that dude is going to die. Do you hear his hackle? I think he's going to hackle up a lung.
by McBobberson June 1, 2009
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A combanation of "hack" and "tackle" which defines an over zealous challenge in football/soccer.
"Oh Dear, that chap seems to have been badly hackled there, look here Ref send that unsporting ruffian off."
by palacejester December 29, 2005
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