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raise Cain

To cause or get into trouble; to engage in unrestrained and excessively disruptive behavior. (A reference to the biblical figure Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel and was cursed by God.) I started raising Cain as soon as I was in college and could do what I wanted, but I mellowed out after I graduated. The customer has been raising Cain about the service charge we included on his bill.
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the mark of Cain

An association of disgrace or public disapproval over some crime, wrongdoing, personal failing, or controversial action. An allusion to the Biblical figure Cain, the eldest of Adam and Eve's sons, who murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy and was then cursed by God. I wonder is it appropriate that she still bear the mark of Cain for something she did when she was but a teenager. The judge argued that issuing a lengthier sentence would have been a mark of Cain on an otherwise upstanding and motivated student.
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raise Cain

to make a lot of trouble; to raise hell. (A Biblical reference, from Genesis 4.) Fred was really raising Cain about the whole matter. Let's stop raising Cain.
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raise Cain

Also, raise hell or the devil . Behave in a rowdy or disruptive way, as in He said he'd raise Cain if they wouldn't give him a refund, or The gang was out to raise hell that night, or The wind raised the devil with our picnic. The first term alludes to the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel. It was first recorded in the St. Louis Daily Pennant (May 2, 1840): "Why have we every reason to believe that Adam and Eve were both rowdies? Because ... they both raised Cain.". This statement makes a pun on raise, meaning "bring up" or "nurturing." The two variants, alluding to bringing hell or the devil up to this world, are older, the first from about 1700, the second from about 1800.
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raise Cain

create trouble or a commotion. informal
The sense of raise in this expression is that of summoning a spirit, especially an evil one; similar sayings include raise the Devil and raise hell . A mid 19th-century expression originating in the USA, the particular form raise Cain is possibly a euphemism to avoid using the words Devil or hell . Cain, according to the biblical book of Genesis, was the first murderer.
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the mark of Cain

the stigma of a murderer; a sign of infamy.
According to the book of Genesis, God placed a mark on Cain after the murder of his brother Abel, originally as a sign that he should not be killed or harmed; this was later taken to identify him as a murderer (Genesis 4:15).
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raise ˈCain/ˈhell

(informal) complain or protest noisily and angrily, often as a way of getting something you want: He’ll raise hell if we don’t finish on time. ▶ ˈhell-raiser noun a violent and destructive person Cain was the first murderer in the Bible.
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raise Cain

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tv. to make a lot of trouble; to raise hell. Fred was really raising Cain about the whole matter.
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The fact that Adam and Eve failed in keeping God's commandment while still in Eden may, moreover, have been disempowering for Cain.
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Then came the passing of the orchid from Monta[+ or -]o, and cries from the partisan crowd for Cain to "come to Oregon," a decision Cain said she won't begin considering until later this summer.
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However, as things settled down, Cain recalls that he became "bored" with merely being a vice president and set his sights on being "president of something, for somebody, somewhere" (pp.
Cain spoke at a news conference in Arizona Tuesday; one day after Sharon Bialek became the fourth woman to lodge complaints of unwanted sexual advances and the first to go public.
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PRINCETON, NJ -- The upward trend continues in Republicans' ratings of presidential candidate Herman Cain, as does the downward trend in their ratings of Rick Perry.
Andrew Cain envisages two audiences for his book: "Hieronymists and scholars of the Latin epistolographic tradition" as well as "those who cultivate interests broadly in the literature, religion, history, culture, and law of the late antique world" (v).
Martin Cain ran Walsall's Frank F Harrison Engineering College for more than six years.
The Giants continued to secure the core elements of their pitching staff for the foreseeable future, officially announcing the signing of Brian Wilson, Jeremy Affeldt and Matt Cain.
However, when Cain taunts Mark that Faye is a tart and he's welcome to her, Mark rises to the bait and finds he can't deny that he still has feelings for her.
But baby Cain Joyce will never walk or crawl across his mam and dad's living room - having died of a rare infection at just 15 days old.