Phrasal Verbs

stir up

This page is about the phrasal verb stir up


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


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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