bird of a different feather
A person who is free thinking and independent.
Syd won't go along with recent trends in grammar; he created his own. He is a bird of a different feather.
birds of a feather flock together
People who are alike often become friends or are together; if you are often with certain people, you may be their friends or like them. A proverb.
Don't be friends with bad boys. People think that birds of a feather flock together.
feather in one's cap
Something to be proud of; an honor.
Что-то чем можно гордиться, почёт.
It was a feather in his cap to win first prize.
That harward degree is a feather in her cap.
Диплом из Гарварда это что-то чем она может по-настоящему гордиться.
From the medieval practice of placing a feather in the helmet of one who won honors in battle.
It’s a real feather in his cap to represent his country in the Olympics.
John earned a feather in his cap by getting an A in physics.
feather one's nest
To use for yourself money and power, especially from a public office or job in which you are trusted to help other people.
The rich man told his lawyer to use his money after he died to build a hospital for poor people, but the lawyer feathered his own nest with the money instead.
The man feathered his nest in politics by getting money from contractors who built roads.
To make your home pleasant and comfortable; furnish and decorate your house.
Furniture stores welcome young couples who want to feather their nests.
fine feathers do not make fine birds
A person who wears fine clothes may not be as good as he looks. A proverb.
Mary is pretty and she wears pretty clothes, but she is very mean. Fine feathers do not make fine birds.
fuss and feathers
Unnecessary bother and excitement.
She is full of fuss and feathers this morning.
Not true; I don't believe what you're saying.
"Horsefeathers!" Brad cried. "I can't believe a word of what you said about Jessica."
Exclamation of disgust.
"Horsefeathers!" Fred cried. "We've just missed the bus."
make the feathers fly
To enjoy working; be strong and work hard.
When Mrs. Hale did her spring cleaning she made the feathers fly.