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stir shit

rude slang To cause trouble and conflict. Quit stirring shit! I know you're the one spreading rumors about me! Somebody is bound to stir shit at Thanksgiving dinner—it happens every year.
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stir up

1. To stir something with a tool or utensil, especially to mix together its ingredients or parts. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "up." He stirred the mixture up before pouring it out into the mold. Make sure to stir up the curry before you serve it.
2. To create as a result of stirring or agitating, or to cause to become churned or distributed in a chaotic way. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "up." Stop it, your stirring up a whole cloud of soot doing that! You're probably sneezing because the wind has been stirring up all the pollen.
3. To rouse, incite, or provoke something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "up." Quit stirring up trouble! The mayor has been stirring up controversy again with another inflammatory remark. The old movie stirred emotions up in me that I'd long forgotten.
4. To incense, agitate, or anger someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "up." He's just attempting to stir up his followers and distract from the scandal. Nothing stirs my students up as much as when I assign homework over the weekend.
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stir (one's) blood

To put someone into a state of extreme excitement, enthusiasm, or determination. The president's famous speech still stirs my blood to this day. The show ends with a rousing musical number that is sure to stir your blood!
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stir the blood

To put someone into a state of extreme excitement, enthusiasm, or determination. The president's famous speech still stirs the blood to this day. The show ends with a rousing musical number that is sure to stir the blood!
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stir the possum

To instigate or propagate something controversial, incendiary, or divisive. Primarily heard in Australia. The MP has been accused of stirring the possum with her social media post about the evils of same-sex marriage. I know this is likely to stir the possum, but I have to say my piece about how spoilt and sheltered kids are today.
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stir in

To combine something into a liquid, substance, or mixture by stirring. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "in." You need to stir the oil in very slowly so that it mixes properly with the egg yolks. She stirred in a bit of honey to make the medicine taste a little better.
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stir up a hornet's nest

1. To create, provoke, or trigger a dangerous, troublesome, or complicated situation. The government's military interventions really just stirred up a hornet's nest in the region.
2. To provoke or instigate a lot of very angry or offended reactions. The politician's off-the-cuff remark about pollution stirred up a hornet's nest among environmentalists.
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stir someone up

Fig. to get someone excited; to get someone angry. (Fig. on stir something up.) The march music really stirred the audience up. The march stirred up the audience.
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stir something up

 
1. Lit. to mix something by stirring. Please stir the pancake batter up before you use it. Please stir up the batter.
2. Fig. to cause trouble. Why are you always trying to stir trouble up? Are you stirring up trouble again?
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stir up a hornet's nest

Fig. to create a lot of trouble. (Fig. on stir something up .) If you say that to her, you will be stirring up a hornet's nest. There is no need to stir up a hornet's nest.
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stir up

1. Mix together the ingredients or parts, as in He stirred up some pancake batter, or Will you stir up the fire? [Mid-1300s]
2. Rouse to action, incite, provoke, as in He's always stirring up trouble among the campers, or If the strikers aren't careful they'll stir up a riot. [First half of 1500s] Also see stir up a hornets' nest.
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stir up a hornet's nest

If you stir up a hornet's nest, you do something that makes a lot of people very upset and angry. He has been asking a lot of questions and stirring up a hornet's nest around town. I seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest with my article about the teaching of Shakespeare in schools. Note: Sometimes people just talk about a hornet's nest. It's not that companies are unaware of illegal software. It's more that they are scared of uncovering a hornet's nest — they would simply rather not know. Wasserman had no idea what a hornet's nest he was stepping into. Note: A hornet is a large wasp with a powerful sting.
See also: nest, stir, up

stir the possum

stir up controversy; liven things up. Australian informal
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stir in

v.
To introduce something, such as an ingredient, into a liquid or mixture while stirring: The fruit punch tasted a bit bland, so I stirred in a cup of grape juice. Once the sauce is simmering, stir some parsley in.
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stir up

v.
1. To mix something before cooking or use: You must stir up the concrete thoroughly before you start paving the path. I poured the batter into a bowl and stirred it up vigorously.
2. To churn or agitate something into a state of turbulence: The storm stirred up the normally placid lake. The wind stirs the leaves up.
3. To cause something to form by churning or agitating: The truck zoomed off, stirring a cloud of dust up behind it. I stirred up a batch of concrete in the mixer and got to work paving the driveway.
4. To rouse the emotions of someone or something; excite someone or something: The protesters hope to stir up the public through this demonstration. The teacher stirred the students up when she threatened to give them more work.
5. To summon some collective emotion or sentiment by exciting a group of people: The court's verdict was certain to stir up controversy. The tourism board is trying to stir up interest in the city.
6. To evoke some mental image or remembrance: That old picture stirs up many memories for me.
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The horn duo in the finale were stirringly secure, but the palms must go to Sally Harrop for her woody, incisive clarinet, and to Diane Clark for her purring, wide-eyed flute susurrations in the central allegretto.
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But nothing in her subsequent speech looked forward as stirringly as those images looked backward.
With two 'up front' the fans are soon cheering again and the opera rises to its final crescendo with scarves held high and a chorus in which 'Sun-der-land' is sung stirringly over and over again.
The action scenes scattered throughout "Into the Badlands" are not just stirringly presented, they represent a test passed with flying--and bloody--colors.
Consequently slipping from inside the top six to outside the top 20, the Stoneleigh-based hotshot battled his way stirringly back up through the order and was just two spots shy of the points-paying top ten when the red flags flew for an accident one lap from the end.
There's more fire, exuberance and joy, and just possibly a dash of canny improvisation, in his amusingly saturnine, stirringly compassionate performance than last year, and, my goodness, is it ever infectious.
Bryn Terfel, in splendid form throughout, improved stirringly on his earlier efforts as Wotan/Wanderer; and Stephanie Blythe's Fricka again impressed more in Rheingold than in Walkiire.
45pm Headliners Town are the sharp-dressed Newport four-piece whose hook-laden Britpop fizz and metronomic punk rock beat is both stirringly anthemic and beautifully ambitious.
The old Pleasure Steamer Waverley at Greenock is colourfully evoked in Colin Stansfield's watercolour, and yachts at sea are stirringly conveyed by Patricia Keane in her acrylics, Cowes.
Arsenal v Leeds Home: 2/7 Draw: 9/2 Away 17/2 A STIRRINGLY resonant fixture - if you're over 40-years of age - if not it's just a nailed on home win, despite Arsenal's reserves taking the field.
Jeannette Rankin's message of peace certainly has a way of getting around--especially when it comes in the form of A Single Woman, in which the actress Jeanmarie Simpson stirringly resurrects Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.
Neil Marshall's brutal action-packed tale of battle-hardened Roman soldiers being hunted down by clever Picts is stirringly old-fashioned stuff.
Stirringly performed by Stephen Perring, The Burning Land is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's historical novel set in the ninth century, when the land that would eventually become England was wracked by the horrors of war.