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wave-maker

noun

A person who raises questions, imposes difficulties and objections, etc: said that he is a wave-maker whose troubles arose from his insistence on injecting moral values

[1960s+; perhaps from an old joke in which a set of persons in hell, immersed up to their mouths in feces, are heard to chant ''Don't make waves,'' very melodiously]

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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