down feather

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n down feather soft fine feathers
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Idioms

You could have knocked me down with a feather - This idiom is used to mean that the person was very shocked or surprised.
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Usage

In literature:

She would take one of his arrows, and now tickle him with the feather end of it, now prick him with the point till the blood ran down.
"Harper's Young People, December 30, 1879" by Various
An' me that surprised you could knock me down with a feather, just to see him walkin' up our front path.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
The fishermen, on the other hand, were in high feather, and their boasts went up and down the river to add to our discomfiture.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
Sun Woman silently picked up the bustard, sat down and began plucking the feathers, piling them in a basket to use for adornments and bedding.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The little ones were covered with white down, and the developing feathers on their wings were turning black.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
She smoothed down her ruffled feathers and said, "Quack-quack," softly.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
She was aware Jeff was smoothing her down, ruffled feather after feather, and she was pathetically grateful.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Make an incision from middle of back of head down nearly half length of neck, alongside where nape is bare of feathers.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
You always choose February to moult in, and you will have to be feathered down there.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It is made of weeds, grass and moss and is lined with feathers and down.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The willow-trees are feathered over with leaves as soft and pale as the down on a gosling's breast.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
You might knock me down with a feather.
"Zoe" by Evelyn Whitaker
The nest is large and rudely made of sedges and coarse grasses, seldom lined with down or feathers.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
I was thrown down, tossed, shaken, torn like a feather, tied up like a sausage!
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
Set it down, here on the feather bed.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The feather is usually stuck into the hinder part of the turban, or head-dress, and either projects straight out, or hangs down the back.
"Notes and Queries, Number 234, April 22, 1854" by Various
I saw you coming along with him, and you could have knocked me down with a feather.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
However, everybody was laughing and sneezing, as the feathers drifted down and flew into their mouths or tickled their ears.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Ye could knock me down with a feather!
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond
But, the male loses most of the down feathers of the ventral apterium.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
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In poetry:

Suddenly a spirit shining
From the sky came down,
Green his mantle, floating, twining,
Gold his feather crown.
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Dressed in her old-fashioned feathers and fringes,
Then she sat down to wait; on silken hinges
Swung the light fleece with a moonshiny glisten;
Nothing for her but to watch and to listen.
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates
We made Donegal in the teeth of gray weather,
We made Donegal with the wind blowing free,
And the spindrift at toss like a snowy gull's feather
Where the highlands lean down to the lips of the sea.
"Donegal" by Clinton Scollard
I, born of flesh and ghost, was neither
A ghost nor man, but mortal ghost.
And I was struck down by death's feather.
I was a mortal to the last
Long breath that carried to my father
The message of his dying christ.
"Before I Knocked" by Dylan Thomas
Friar Tuck and Little John are riding down together
With quarter-staff and drinking-can and grey goose-feather.
The dead are coming back again, the years are rolled away
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.
"A Song of Sherwood" by Alfred Noyes
On a feather she floats down
The turbid rivers brown,
Down to meet the drifting navies of the winter-freighted floe;
Then swift o'er the azure walls
Of the awful waterfalls,
Where Niagara leaps roaring, glides the Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

There are more choices for those allergic to down and feathers.
Eiderdown is soft, warm down from the breast feathers of the female eider duck, which famously plucks down from her chest to line her nest and keep her eggs and infant duckies safe and warm.
Eiderdown is soft, warm down from the breast feathers of the female eider duck, which famously plucks down from her chest to line her nest and keep her eggs and infant duckies safe and warm.
'Feathers' doesn't fly / Muddled script bogs down glossy adventure epic.
They swoop down from eight-story rooftops, grabbing squirrels off the Capitol lawn, startling lawyers and baristas with a flurry of speckled feathers.
United Feather & Down will spotlight the comfort and health benefits of its proprietary basic bedding products at Heimtextil, Jan 14-17 in Frankfurt, Germany.
In the video, the trio is rocking out in a barn while an eerie little boy shoots down a bird outside to make some Wolverine style claws out of its feathers.
An amateur boxing evening, "Bully Beat Down ," featuring men and women from clubs in New York and Ontario, is set for Saturday, Jan 28 at Three Feathers Casino, 439 State Rt 37, Akwesasne.
An industry adage says prices go up like a rocket but drift down like a feather.
Shasta College women's basketball downs Feather River in tourney.
As any theatre practitioner knows, mounting a play sometimes feels like slicing open a down pillow and trying to catch all the feathers before they hit the ground.
In short, it was feathers all the way down.
If the primary purpose of feathers was insulation, a possibility suggested by the feathers ' down-like shape, then larger tyrannosaurs might not have needed them.
Skip the fake trees and the overpriced lots this year and cut down your own Christmas tree and help out the Forest Service Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree This Weekend In Red Feather.
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