make the dust fly

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make the dust fly

Also, make the feathers or fur fly . Stir matters up, cause a commotion or disturbance. For example, When she saw the dog sleeping on her new bedspread, she really made the dust fly, or As soon as he learns who dented his car, he'll make the feathers fly, or She'd better not interfere or he'll make the fur fly. The first usage alludes to the results of a vigorous house-cleaning effort. The two variants, both dating from the early 1800s, allude to what happens when a hunting dog is set on a bird or rabbit.
See also: dust, fly, make

make the dust fly

To go about a task with great energy and speed.
See also: dust, fly, make
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I want you to get word to the king that I am a magician myself -- and the Supreme Grand High-yu-Muck- amuck and head of the tribe, at that; and I want him to be made to understand that I am just quietly arrang- ing a little calamity here that will make the fur fly in these realms if Sir Kay's project is carried out and any harm comes to me.
So then I got a shovel, and then we picked and shoveled, turn about, and made the fur fly.
Often my mother interfered, and the way she made his fur fly was a joy to see.
And the gloves just would come off, so that they were ripping and tearing at each other, biting as well as making the fur fly, like furies, when the curtain went down.
59 (100g) BOB MARTIN FLEA AND TICK SPOT ON No need to make the fur fly - one application and the fleas are history.
BROADCASTER and food writer Clarissa Dickson Wright looks set to make fur fly after suggesting that Britons should eat badgers.
But Some Let Fur Fly Because Love Outweighs Cleanup Concerns
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A FREAK tornado really made the fur fly - by hurling cats 6ft into the air as storms caused yet more turmoil at the weekend.
Eat badgers, says Two Fat Ladies star BROADCASTER and food writer Clarissa Dickson Wright looks set to make fur fly after suggesting that Britons should eat badgers.
And when someone else steps on their turf it's time to watch the fur fly.
Mary Dodd and Nick Whitehouse, as the parents, make the fur fly to fine effect' and Duncan McLaurie, as the bumptious elder son, and Jayne Lunn as his patient, long-suffering wife, are a pleasing pairing.
The plot pivots on the decades-long feud between May Davenport (Rosemary Harris), the grandest dame on the premises, and Lotta Bainbridge (Lauren Bacall), whose arrival in their midst gets the other residents all atwitter, ready to watch the fur fly.
THIS twister really made the fur fly - by lifting cats 6ft in the air as freak storms caused yet more turmoil at the weekend.
Will the savvy pair be able to get their clients to see sense and alter their dream, or will the fur fly again?