a fuss; commotion; row.
How to use kickup in a sentence
But I'm sure the AEI crowd is going to try to kick up some dust and see if it adheres.
We know in the current case that Joe Biden and Bill Daley gave very clear warnings that this would kick up dust.Michael Tomasky: Contraception Storm Shows Obama Fumbling Politically | Michael Tomasky | February 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before this whole debt squabble got out of hand, Obama too was set to kick up his heels.
The fire has destroyed about 22 homes in Greer, and the town may still be in peril if expected high winds kick up again on Sunday.
Perhaps they will kick up less of a fuss if and when he decides, Nixon style, to choose “ peace with honor” in Afghanistan.
I knowed, a-course, that I could go kick up a fuss when Simpson stopped by his office on his trip back from Goldstone.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
Scribes don't seem so precious anxious to kick up their lyric squalls.
Though such near neighbours, the females are never observed to kick up a row, or come to blows!Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
If ye were the great, grand Duke of Argyle himself, as ye ca' him, I'll no permit you to kick up a dust in my shop.
In a word, there was a desperate kick-up between them, the ane threeping that he would tak the law of the ither immediately.
British Dictionary definitions for kick up
informal to cause (trouble, a fuss, etc)
kick up bobsy-die See bobsy-die
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Other Idioms and Phrases with kickup
Malfunction, cause trouble or pain, as in My grandmother's arthritis is kicking up again. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see act up; also subsequent entries beginning with kick up.
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