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make waves

Meaning: to cause trouble, to disturb a settled situation

For example:

  • If a worker makes waves by talking about higher wages or better conditions, the manager fires him.

  • Rebecca had a reputation for making waves if she thought something was wrong.

Quick Quiz:

A journalist would probably make waves by reporting on
  1. a fashion show
  2. a jazz concert
  3. government corruption

Discuss: make waves

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