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create a scene

To create a loud, typically angry disturbance or display in public, such that it draws attention to those involved. Robert created a scene in the store when they refused to refund him for the broken television. My parents always create a scene with their fighting wherever we go.
See also: create, scene

create a stink

To be very vocal in one's displeasure about something; to make a scene. My mom created a stink when the store refused to accept her return without a receipt.
See also: create, stink

create an uproar

To create a noisy or chaotic situation; to make a scene. The judge had to bang her gavel to quiet the gallery after a spectator created an uproar by yelling obscenities.
See also: create, uproar

make a scene

To create a loud, typically angry disturbance or display in public, such that it draws attention to those involved. Robert made a scene in the store when they refused to refund him for the broken television. My parents always make a scene with their fighting wherever we go.
See also: make, scene

create a splash

To be very successful and garner a lot of public attention. The low-budget indie movie is creating a big splash with audiences worldwide. The video game franchise was canceled after its latest entry failed to create a splash.
See also: create, splash

create a stink (about something)

 and make a stink (about something); raise a stink (about something)
Fig. to make a major issue out of something; to make much over something; to make a lot of complaints and criticisms about something. Tom created a stink about Bob's remarks. Why did he make a stink about that? Tom is always trying to raise a stink.
See also: create, stink

create an uproar

 and make an uproar
to cause an outburst or sensation. The dog got into church and made an uproar. Her poodle created an uproar in the restaurant.
See also: create, uproar

make a scene

 and create a scene
Fig. to make a public display or disturbance. When John found a fly in his drink, he started to create a scene. Oh, John, please don't make a scene. Just forget about it.
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make a scene

Also, create a scene; make an uproar. Make a public disturbance or excited emotional display. For example, Joan made a scene when the restaurant lost her dinner reservation, or Ted made an uproar over losing his luggage. Make a scene was first recorded in 1831; the variant employs uproar in the sense of "a noisy commotion," a usage first recorded in 1548.
See also: make, scene

create/make a ˈscene

complain noisily, behave badly, etc. especially in a public place: Please don’t create a scene in public.
See also: create, make, scene

kick up/make/create/raise a ˈstink (about something)

(informal) show that you are angry about a situation, often by protesting in public: He kicked up a stink about the noise from the new nightclub, writing to all the papers and complaining to the council.
See also: create, kick, make, raise, stink, up

cause/create a ˈstir

make a number of people feel interest, excitement or shock: His sudden resignation caused quite a stir.
See also: cause, create, stir
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By involving ourselves in the public school system we not only provide a quality school for underserved students we are also building a physical presence for Humanism in a community and creating an income stream that can be used to further the growth of our movement.
Early this year, The Advisory Board Company in Washington D.C., published a document titled "Beyond Reactive Growth Creating Profitable Growth Paths for America's Hospitals."
Taxpayers must capitalize the costs of creating, originating, entering into, renewing, or renegotiating five specific types of financial interests: (i) ownership interests in certain entities (e.g., stock and partnership interests); (ii) intangibles treated as debt for tax purposes; (iii) a financial instrument (e.g., a credit card agreement, a notional principal contract, a futures or forward contract (including a "take or pay" contract), or any derivative); (iv) an endowment contract, annuity contract, or an insurance contract that has cash value; and (v) nonfunctional currency.
Effective communication requires developing a strong foundation by creating formal processes, leveraging technology, integrating total rewards and using employee feedback.
Finally, a parade went by with a talk show host at the head, creating a large mess, with Duckler following behind, sweeping.
Providing numerous examples of timelines at various grade levels across the curriculum, teachers can get good ideas for creating their own timelines that tie into their classroom work.
In fact, the growing acceptance of XML use for building document content is creating a sense that XML is a new open data standard that can be used for data exchange, document publishing, and eventually document archiving.
"This, again, is a trend away from decorating for appearance to creating a nice energy in your home by the way you place things."
They tend to feature explicit tools for creating core-and-cavity geometry, for applying shrinkage and different types of draft, and for creating the mold assembly.
"During my service in the United States Congress," he said, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
We try to create mismatches in the passing game by creating confusion in the man coverage and opening gaps in the zone.
The defendants also claimed that the agents who knocked on the door acted in bad faith by intentionally creating the exigency.
Because the pattern shop produced tooling for complex castings and creating the masters was very time-consuming, it began exploring rapid prototyping three years ago.
Physical properties at specific test conditions may also be connected to these test conditions and are brought into new formulations automatically, thus saving a tremendous amount of time and effort in creating new formulations.
As the battle rages on in federal court and the halls of Congress, a group of community organizers is creating an alternative to the "jobs vs.
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