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make mischief

Cause trouble, as in Don't listen to her gossip—she's just trying to make mischief. This idiom was first recorded in 1884, but the related noun mischief-maker, a person who causes trouble especially by tale-bearing, dates from about 1700.
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  • Arthur Channing was not one to make mischief, or get another into trouble.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I do not want to make mischief, but I am not going to be treated in this way.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Sir Thomas hoped that Mr. Gilmore was not going to make mischief.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • She is always ready to make mischief, and nobody can tell when or how she is going to do it.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • Rumors of an attempt to make mischief, as he called it, were rife.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • "Don't try to do harm—to make mischief," he said, in a low voice.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • If I don't know it before I leave the room to-night, I'll make mischief.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
  • Still, of course, I wish it never had existed, for it does make mischief.

  • He had evidently the gentleman's true reluctance to make mischief.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield

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