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.


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  • raise Cain — To make a determined or angry fuss • • • Main Entry: ↑Cain raise Cain or raise the roof (informal) 1. To make a lot of noise 2. To be extremely angry • • • Main Entry: ↑raise * * * …   Useful english 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 …   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 — 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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