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start something

Cause trouble, especially a quarrel or fight, as in Stop bringing that up—do you want to start something? [ ; early 1900s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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  • "Just to be sure you don't try to start something," he explained coldly.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Evidently he planned to start something if there was anything to start.

  • Still, offered Hazel, you managed to start something yesterday.

    Girls of Highland Hall Carolyn Watson Rankin
  • Publicity is what you need, Jim, when you are trying to start something new.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • It seemed to be a case of waiting for the other fellow to start something.

    Fighting the Boche Underground

    Harry Davis Trounce
  • Hearing that we are gone, he will start something—if only to join us.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • I wish we could start something that would wake them up before they leave.

  • With the stake I already got together, we could start something.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • Well, I hesitate to start something which I may be unable to finish.

    Clue of the Silken Ladder Mildred A. Wirt
  • It's like some fool will start something and I don't want you on my mind.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo

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