Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

kick up (a) (storm/fuss/row/stink)

kick up a stormkick up a fusskick up a rowkick up a stink
Meaning(s)
1) be a nuisance or cause a disturbance by behaving in an angry or argumentative way
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • kick up a storm/fuss/row/stink about something
  • Analysis

    The phrasal verb kick up has a number of meanings. To kick up something can mean to physically strike something with your foot in order to make something rise into the air, for example, 'she kicked up the leaves into the wind'. If something kicks up, it can mean it becomes more noticeable, apparent, or makes itself known, for example, 'the pain in my elbow always kicks up when the weather is bad'. To kick up a fuss/stink/row/stink can mean to complain angrily or to draw attention by behaving in a negative way, usually in order to get what you want. "She kicked up a fuss about her dinner at the restaurant and refused to pay."

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I kicked up such a row about the bus being late that the driver ordered me to get off.
    2. The baby kicked up a fuss at the concert so I had to leave to give him a bottle.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The customer kicked up a big fuss about the food, so I had to bring it back to the kitchen and swap it for something else.
    2. If the goods don't arrive by tomorrow morning, I'm really going to kick up a stink about it with the supplier.
    3. The boss is going to kick up a storm when she finds out that I didn't submit the application on time.
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