cause a scene

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cause a scene

To create a loud, typically angry disturbance or display in public, such that it draws attention to those involved. Robert caused a scene in the store when they refused to refund him for the broken television. My parents always cause a scene with their fighting wherever we go.
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You're tempted to shout, "So what if Amy wasn't dressed in head-to-toe GAP like you clones!?" But why cause a scene? When practice lets out, you'll kindly tell Amy what they said.