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put/set the cat among the pigeons

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to do or say something that causes trouble and makes a lot of people angry or worried Tell them all they've got to work on Saturday. That should set the cat among the pigeons.
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Alistair Gillespie (Neil Pearson), the hospital's new Head of Clinical Services, soon makes his presence felt with a few controversial decisions, though it looks like Lizzie Clapham (Tracy-Ann Oberman) will also set the cat among the pigeons as she offers support for neuro and cardiac patients.
DADA'S phone call to rebel Trinamool Congress ( TMC) MP Kabir Suman has set the cat among the pigeons.
Since its South African launch in August 2011, the new Elantra has set the cat among the pigeons in its market segment.
THIS week Mel B set the cat among the pigeons by mentioning there was an offer on the table for the Spice Girls to reform again for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert.
Having said that, the arrival of the new economical two-wheel drive Freelander is more likely to set the cat among the pigeons.
DISY Vice President Averoff Neophytou set the cat among the pigeons on Thursday during the House of Representatives debate on the 2010 budget, proposing a series of cuts in the inflated public sector payroll, which he identified as the main cause of the structural problems in the economy.
As you can imagine, it set the cat among the pigeons.
MUMBAI: Nine days ahead of his retirement, Suprakash Chakravarty, the director general of police, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Maharashtra police, has set the cat among the pigeons by requesting the government for permission to probe allegations of corruption against two top police officers - the newly appointed Mumbai Police Commissioner D.
THE student really set the cat among the pigeons when she took a shopping trip to Silverburn.
Usefully illuminating our readership with all this bumph, we then proceeded to set the cat among the pigeons by illustrating the piece with a photograph of God knows where.
The Daily Mail set the cat among the pigeons on Saturday when they devoted the best party of five pages to their exclusive story - and it was an exclusive in the true meaning of the word, not just the usual variation on a story carried by every tabloid.
This comment appeared in an independent report, titled "Catbird protects hypervisor as malware fears set the cat among the pigeons," which was published on August 27 of this year (see Editor's Note below).
Signing him would really set the cat among the pigeons given the options Tim Sherwood already has in that position.
The mounting pressure resulted in the run-out of Eric Szwarczynski and it virtually set the cat among the pigeons.