raise the devil

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.
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raise the devil (with something)

 and raise hell (with something)
to cause trouble with something. That idea raises hell with my plan. The onions raised the devil with my stomach.
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raise the devil

see under raise Cain.
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raise the devil

make a noisy disturbance. informal
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raise the devil

verb
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raise the devil

verb
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References in classic literature ?
Have a care; for if you do raise the devil within me, the consequences shall fall heavily upon your own head
Raise the devil horns, undo your ponytail and get ready to bang your head as the Rock Nation Festival kicks off this Saturday.