kick up/make/create/raise a stink

create a stink

To be very vocal in one's displeasure about something; to make a scene. My mom created a stink when the store refused to accept her return without a receipt.
See also: create, stink

kick up a stink

To be very vocal in one's displeasure about something; to make a scene. My mom kicked up a stink when the store refused to accept her return without a receipt.
See also: kick, stink, up

create a stink (about something)

 and make a stink (about something); raise a stink (about something)
Fig. to make a major issue out of something; to make much over something; to make a lot of complaints and criticisms about something. Tom created a stink about Bob's remarks. Why did he make a stink about that? Tom is always trying to raise a stink.
See also: create, stink

make a (big) stink (about someone or something)

 and raise a (big) stink (about someone or something)
Fig. to make trouble about someone or something. Why did you raise a big stink about it? Jim is making a stink about Alice.
See also: make, stink

make a stink

(about something) Go to create a stink (about something).
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raise a (big) stink

(about someone or something) Go to make a (big) stink (about someone or something).
See also: raise, stink

raise a stink

(about something) Go to create a stink (about something).
See also: raise, stink

make a stink

Also, raise a stink. Create a great fuss; complain, criticize, or otherwise make trouble about something. For example, They promised to fix the printer today; you needn't make a stink about it, or The parents were raising a stink about the principal's new rules. This idiom transfers an offensive odor to a public fuss. [Mid-1800s] Also see make a scene.
See also: make, stink

kick up/make/create/raise a ˈstink (about something)

(informal) show that you are angry about a situation, often by protesting in public: He kicked up a stink about the noise from the new nightclub, writing to all the papers and complaining to the council.
See also: create, kick, make, raise, stink, up

make a stink

verb
See also: make, stink

raise a stink

verb
See also: raise, stink