cause a commotion
Also, cause a stir. Give rise to a disturbance, raise a fuss. For example, The opening debate was so bitter it caused a commotion in the legislature, or Her entrance always caused a stir.
What’s the name of the food causing a minor crisis in South Korea?Koreans eat it with almost every meal. When the country’s first astronauts went into space, portions of this food went with them. Each year, South Koreans consume more than two million tons of it. Now, because of abnormal fall weather, there is a shortage, driving the country into crisis. The food is called kimchi, or gimchi, kimchee, or kim chee. It is a fermented, spicy …
Sarah Palin causes a controversy with the phrase “blood libel.” What does it mean, and why are people upset?The tragedy in Arizona continues to command national attention as well as launch unusual words like “vitriol” into the national vocabulary. Today Sarah Palin referred to accusations that imagery and rhetoric associated with her may have contributed to recent violence as a “blood libel.” Why has this phrase stirred up so much additional strife? While Palin caused a linguistic sensation in 2010 with her coinage …
- cause célèbre,
- cause list,
- cause raised eyebrows,
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