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cause a commotion

To incite trouble or excitement. My best friend's pink hair caused quite a commotion at our very strict school. This band has caused a commotion with teenagers all across the nation—screaming fans greet them everywhere they go!
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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!
See also: cause, stir
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cause, stir
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: cause, commotion
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Lloyd is touring Ireland in October and November with former Commotions' member Neil Clark.
The veteran musician was studying philosophy and English at Glasgow University when he met the rest of the Commotions, going on to enjoy several hits throughout the decade including Brand New Friend, Lost Weekend and Perfect Skin.
After the Commotions broke up, he played with new bands, in the shape of the Negatives and the Leopards, as well as releasing several solo albums.
Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari today warned Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) delegates not to cause any commotion during the PKR election in the state.
'I didn't even notice if there is a commotion in the venue,' Zaki said.
He burst on to the scene in 1984 with The Commotions notching up hits including Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend and Lost Weekend - and, it seems, has never stopped making music since.
LLOYD COLE aims to cause a commotion with his first band for 10 years and a new album which was financed by 1000 members of his fan club.
Donegan will be the one playing bass guitar and standing behind when his band Lloyd Cole The Commotions play Dublin's Vicar Street tonight and tomorrow night.
It will re-examine some of his best known songs from the Commotions years, take in a few choice cover versions while showcasing his most recent solo work.
There were commotions during the PKR elections in Penang and Kedah yesterday, including during a media conference by the Party Election Committee (JPP) in Seberang Jaya, due to dissatisfaction among some party members, resulting in members fighting and throwing chairs.
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions scored a string of hit albums and singles between 1984 and 1985 and on Wednesday he'll be bringing his new group THE SMALL ENSEMBLE to play alongside him at ARC in Stockton.
advice For Emotions And Commotions he worked with Joss Stone on I Put A Spell On You and There's No Other Me.
Some might think that the erstwhile Commotions front man, known for his candour and wit, has gone soft prior to his first Liverpool show in donkeys' years.
IT'S going to be a huge thrill when Lloyd Cole And The Commotions play a one-off session for my Clyde 1 radio show tonight at 7pm.
Cole and his Commotions produced some glittering pop hymns in the mid-'80s - Forest Fire, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?