stir up

Meaning: to cause trouble among people or to cause bad feelings to arise

Synonym: arouse, provoke

For example:

  • stir up sth The company says environmentalists are stirring up trouble by telling people the factory will pollute their river.

  • stir sth up You'll stir a lot of bad feeling up if you say their son died of a drug overdose. They want people to think it was a heart attack.

Quick Quiz:

The government's proposal to increase taxes stirred up a lot of

a. pleasure

b. appreciation

c. anger

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