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rattle somebody's cage

to make someone angry on purpose I rattled his cage by telling him I hated his art.
Etymology: based on the idea of rattling (making a noise by repeatedly hitting) the cage to annoy the animal inside it
See also: cage, rattle

rattle somebody's cage

to make someone angry on purpose, often in order to make them seem silly She tried to rattle his cage with questions about his failed army career.
See also: cage, rattle
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He'll rattle cages, shred reputations and work with more gusto than a navvy.
STAYING with Greg Dyke, he backs David Gill to rattle cages at the top of world football now he's a FIFA vice-president on the grounds that: "It needs someone from the awkward squad asking tough questions.
THE bottom line is whether the Greens and the PDs have the bottle to stick to their guns and whether the mounting unease among Fianna Fail councillors, nervous of losing their seats in next year's local election, starts to rattle cages.
THE HURRICANE blew into Glasgow last night, ready to rattle cages, shake everything up and make its mark.