raise a dust

raise a dust

To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. Primarily heard in UK. The MP's resignation raised a dust of uncertainty within parliament about the future of the prime minister's agenda.
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raise a dust

1 cause turmoil. 2 obscure the truth. British
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References in classic literature ?
Should one lay hold of them, then do they raise a dust like flour-sacks, and involuntarily: but who would divine that their dust came from corn, and from the yellow delight of the summer fields?