Tuesday 13 February 2007

Ask About English! Q8: "to kick up a fuss"

Dear AAE

"to kick up a fuss"

please, could you explain me?


Dear K

Thanks for your question.

"to kick up a fuss"

definition: to complain loudy and/or angrily; to provoke an angry argument, usually complaining about something that someone should have done, but didn't do.

(nadelat povyk)

examples: Our food was cold so my father kicked up a fuss and refused to pay the service charge.
I didn't think that it would be a big problem but he really kicked up a fuss when I told him about the accident.

Two other phrases which are similar: to kick up a row or to kick up a storm.

The origin of the phrase "kick up" literally refers to the kicking of the feet either in excitement or anger.

Hope this answers your question.



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