raise Cain


raise Cain
raise Cain
To make a determined or angry fuss
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Main Entry:Cain
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raise Cain or raise the roof (informal)
1. To make a lot of noise
2. To be extremely angry
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Main Entry:raise

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I
informal create trouble or a commotion
II
see Cain

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raise Cain
US old-fashioned
1 : to behave wildly and make a lot of noise

They were always getting drunk and raising Cain.

2 : to complain in a loud or angry way

The townsfolk raised Cain [=raised hell] about the tax increase.

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Main Entry:raise

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  • raise Cain — {v. phr.}, {slang} To be noisy; cause trouble. * /When John couldn t go on the basketball trip with the team he raised Cain./ * /The children raised Cain in the living room./ Compare: KICK UP A FUSS, RAISE THE DEVIL …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • raise Cain — {v. phr.}, {slang} To be noisy; cause trouble. * /When John couldn t go on the basketball trip with the team he raised Cain./ * /The children raised Cain in the living room./ Compare: KICK UP A FUSS, RAISE THE DEVIL …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • raise cain — (USA) If someone raises Cain, they make a big fuss publicly, causing a disturbance …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • raise Cain — verb a) To cause trouble. If those boys have been out drinking and raising Cain again tonight... b) To behave in a disruptive manner. I seen old Flint in the corner there, behind you; as plain as print, I seen him; and if I get the horrors, Im a… …   Wiktionary

  • raise Cain — create a disturbance, cause trouble They began to raise Cain at the dance and were asked to leave …   Idioms and examples

  • raise Cain — old fashioned to complain angrily about something and to cause a lot of trouble for the people who are responsible for it. They know that the children s parents will raise Cain if they re excluded from classes …   New idioms dictionary

  • raise\ Cain — v. phr. slang To be noisy; cause trouble. When John couldn t go on the basketball trip with the team he raised Cain. The children raised Cain in the living room. Compare: kick up a fuss, raise the devil …   Словарь американских идиом

  • raise Cain — [...ken] tv. to make a lot of trouble; to raise hell. □ Fred was really raising Cain about the whole matter. D Let’s stop raising Cain …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • raise Cain — Meaning Cause trouble. Origin Cain was the first murderer according to biblical accounts. If you make trouble you are raising the spirit of Cain …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • raise Cain — (USA)    If someone raises Cain, they make a big fuss publicly, causing a disturbance.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions


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