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rattle someone's cage

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rattle someone's cage

verb phrase

  1. To criticize; needle; sting; bug: Reiner and friends affectionately rattle the cage of rock music and its every pretension
  2. To make a scene or disturbance; raise cain: I'm going into his office and rattle his cage (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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