churn up

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churn up

To cause the movement of something in a liquid (such as sediment of some kind) by stirring. A noun or pronoun can be used between "churn" and "up." I stirred the milk and churned up bits of chocolate powder that had settled to the bottom of the glass. Because we're so close to the shore, your oars will likely churn some pebbles up.
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churn something up

to stir up a liquid; to mix up material suspended in water. The oars of our boat churned the shallow water up, leaving little clouds of sediment in our wake. The oars churned up the mud.
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2 : to stir or shake forcefully <The boat's motor churned up the mucky water.
4 : to move by or as if by forceful stirring action <Steamboats churned up and down the river.
It churned up an emotional minefield at the Larsen home.
Immediately after his election victory, Clinton could do no wrong; when his job-stimulus package failed to get through a Democratic Congress, he was seen as pathetically weak; when his deficit-reduction plan and the North American Free Trade Agreement passed, his presidency was suddenly a triumph; when Whitewater and Troopergate churned up questions about his past, his presidency was a failure; when the crime bill cleared Congress, his presidency was revived; and after his health care bill went south, many Democrats running for re-election avoided him like the pneumonic plague.