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cause a stir

To incite trouble or excitement. My best friend's pink hair caused quite a stir at our very strict school. This band has caused a stir with teenagers all across the nation—screaming fans greet them everywhere they go!
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cause (quite) a stir

 and cause a commotion
to cause people to become agitated; to cause trouble in a group of people; to shock or alarm people. When Bob appeared without jacket and tie, it caused a stir at the state dinner. The dog ran through the church and caused quite a commotion.
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cause a commotion

Also, cause a stir. Give rise to a disturbance, raise a fuss. For example, The opening debate was so bitter it caused a commotion in the legislature, or Her entrance always caused a stir.
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According to Turkey Hill Marketing Manager Lisa Hutchinson, consumers are embracing the Creamy Commotions specialty ice cream line.
The eight indulgent Creamy Commotions flavors include: Tastykake(R) Peanut Butter Kandy Kake(R): Delicious peanut butter ice cream swirled with choco chips, peanut butter, and "kake" pieces.
Creamy Commotions flavors are so appetizing that a pint just isn't enough," says Hutchinson.
In response to research that showed that ice cream consumers want more flavor and all-around excitement, Turkey Hill Dairy piloted Creamy Commotions in about 250 Turkey Hill Minit Markets in central and northeast Pennsylvania in 2002.
THE clever word play,great songs and fine singing which typified Commotions tracks likePerfect Skin and Lost Weekend, are still present, it's just that the music now is, well, a bit morebleak, world weary and grown up, a lot like the man himself.
And while Cole has slavishly avoided the nostalgia circuit and big reunion shows, the good news for those of us who do want to see the Commotions again is the band will reform for a special two-night stand later this year.
Without a trace of bitterness, he says: "The Commotions were accidentally successful, just like some bands are accidentally good.
After the break-up of the Commotions in 1987/88, Lloyd moved to the States, got married to wife Beth and had two sons.
I have great memories of when the Commotions were still together and the Bunnymen took us around the town and finding out we couldn't drink as much as them.
ON SONG: Lloyd Cole now (above) and in his Commotions days (inset)
Since the end of Lloyd Cole And The Commotions more than 20 years ago, Cole has been touring and recording as a solo artist.