start something/anything

start something

To instigate a fight, argument, or other conflict. Watch out for those guys. They're always looking to start something with anyone they come across. Hey, man, I'm not trying to start something, I was just sharing my opinion.
See also: something, start

start something

Cause trouble, especially a quarrel or fight, as in Stop bringing that up-do you want to start something? [Colloquial; early 1900s]
See also: something, start

ˈstart something/anything

(informal) begin a fight or an argument: Don’t try to start anything with him, he has a knife.Are you trying to start something?

start something

Informal
To cause trouble.
See also: something, start