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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.
See also: Cain, raise

raise hell

1. To cause a lot of serious issues or disruptions (for someone or something). The road closures have raised hell in this whole area. The blizzard is raising hell with travelers flying in and out of the region.
2. To cause or get into trouble; to engage in unrestrained and excessively disruptive behavior. I raised a lot of hell when I was in high school, but I settled down a bit after I graduated. The local gang has been raising hell in this town for years.
3. To make a lot of angry, vocal complaints with someone or some group, department, organization, etc. The problem isn't going to go away on its own—you need to go raise some hell so HR knows what's going on. The customer has been raising hell about the service charge we included on his bill.
See also: hell, raise

raise the devil

To cause or get into trouble; to engage in unrestrained and excessively disruptive behavior. I started raising the devil 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 the devil about the service charge we included on his bill.
See also: devil, raise
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raise

Cain/the devil/hell
1. To behave in a rowdy or disruptive fashion.
2. To reprimand someone angrily.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In choosing the size of your raise, you especially want to give the small and big blind a tough decision between calling or folding if the rest of the table folds round to them.
* Of the seven capital raises, all but two used equity structures, and those two debt raises were the smallest tracked this past week.
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The revision then accorded the highest raise to those already getting hefty pay, while making it appear that those at the lowest rung also got equally.
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CSC's board of directors has approved to raise paychecks by 3.5% on average retroactive to April 1, with such raise being the highest implemented in six years.
There aren't so many fund-raising opportunities in the summer, and this is one way we hope to raise some money while everyone enjoys a delicious meal," a spokesperson for Feline Friends told Gulf News.
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To pay higher wages, they argue, employers would have to raise prices, which would hurt consumers, or cut jobs, which would hurt workers.
It is so deep in our blood that it is surprising to be reminded that there was a time when you could raise taxes and not lose elections.
Raise a plate, dumbbell or medicine ball above the head, then bend at the knees with back straight in a natural arch (no rounding of the back that will place too much stress on the lower back) and bring the object through both legs (almost like hiking a football), then stand up and hold the object with outstretched arms at chest level and twist from left to right.