Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
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."