How exactly do you understand the underlined part of the following sentence:
He smiled, to show he meant no offence, but Scott takes offence like it's going out of fashion, and bristled.
Now, I understand what the words mean and what it could mean, but I was wondering if this expression has any set meanings or wider use (like it's going out of fashion, I mean), or is it just a figure of speech the author has come up with?
I think what it means is that the guy Scott never misses an opportunity to start a brawl when someone has uttered something that can be seen as an offence... but I might be mistaken... therefore, I ask for your help!
(The sentence is from Stef Penney's "The Tenderness of Wolves")
e d i t: THANKS SO MUCH FOR SUCH A QUICK RESPONSE, EVERYONE !! :)