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Kick up a row

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kick up a row to create a disturbance
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. kiken—W. cicio, to kick, Gael. ceig.

Usage

In literature:

People will talk, and your relatives at Exeter might kick up a row.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Remember I have a revolver handy, and I promise that I'll use it if you kick up a row.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
If he was, it was so much the more stupid in you to attempt to kick up a row with him.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
Only to-day I heard one of the red- coats say to his fellow, 'When are they going to kick up a row?
"The French Prisoners of Norman Cross A Tale" by Arthur Brown
Whin the darlin's in those days would kick up a row, Holy smoke, but it must have been hot for the men!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
It may be imagined what a terrible row this kicked up.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Whatever the animal is, he's kicking up the deuce of a row.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
For a time it kicked up a dreadful row.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
A thump on the head will help straighten matters, if he tries to kick up a row.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
If they send her away or imprison her, I will kick up such a row, all Europe shall hear of it.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
They had beat Moytubber, and kicked up such a row as the foxes in that gorse had never heard before.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
I s'pose if I didn't you'd kick up some kind of a row later.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Though such near neighbours, the females are never observed to kick up a row, or come to blows!
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Old Mis' Carter says kids wouldn't be healthy if they didn't kick up a row every once in awhile.
"The Princess and Joe Potter" by James Otis
I'm ever so much obliged to you for not kicking up a row here.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
Jim, you can't kick up a row here now.
"In the Whirl of the Rising" by Bertram Mitford
What a row they kick up!
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford
Her husband suspected that something was wrong and had kicked up a row.
"Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor" by William Somerset Maugham
While we were unlading the boat, a row was kicked up between one of the Frenchmen and the Welshman.
"The Captive in Patagonia" by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
If Wilberforce kicks up a row, I shall swear my mother kept me to make calls with her.
"Mildred Arkell, (Vol 3 of 3)" by Ellen Wood
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