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be riled up

To be angry, agitated, or in a frenzied state. Grandpa was riled up as soon as Uncle Ned mentioned the local election.
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get riled up

To become angry or agitated or enter into a frenzied state. Grandpa got all riled up as soon as Uncle Ned mentioned the local election.
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rile up

To cause someone or some group to become particularly excited and animated, especially in an angry or irritated manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rile" and "up." Seeing that kind of injustice on the news always riles me up to no end. The politician has a knack for riling up his rallies with rhetoric that demeans and vilifies his opponents. The boss's comments really riled Sarah up.
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rile someone up

to get someone excited and angry. He yelled at them and riled them up. They left quite angry. He riles up everyone he talks to.
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be/get (all) ˌriled ˈup

(informal, especially American English) be/get very annoyed about something: Instead of getting all riled up about this, we should try to figure out what to do.
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From its 1971 launch to its third, final shutdown in 2003, Dominique's Radio Haiti Inter was a rare independent voice whose investigations, commentary, and foreign news roused Haiti's people and riled its elites--until a hail of bullets overtook Dominique one quiet morning four years ago.
Then, "mighty riled," the gutsy lady orders the trickster to blow Tornado Pup back, "OR ELSE!" Just imagine the possibilities for dramatizing this lively new, yet soon to be familiar, tale.
The historical inaccuracy of the common Dracula legend also had critics riled. The 15th century Vlad Tepes, also known as "Vlad the Impaler," was born in Sighisoara, but bears little relation to the fictional Dracula created by Bram Stoker.
Seems they slashed opera in favor of news/talk shows, and loyal listeners are riled up about it.
The thought of plant communication has riled biologists for nearly 20 years, Karban says.
Savion Glover had the audience as riled up as rock `n' roll fans at the Escondido performance of FootNotes.
Truckers, already riled by congestion backups and rising fuel prices, complain that the additional slowdowns cost them cargo runs and money--many are paid by the number of trips they make in the port.
Yet, when tourists and trade representatives yell "Taxi," their pleas may go unanswered because drivers are riled about a 1997 city law requiring cleaner, safer cabs and better-dressed drivers.
John Canady wrote that the building "demanded so much elevator and stairway space that the exhibition galleries were reduced to boutiques clustered around palatial escape routes." But what really riled critics was the infamous porthole-studded arcaded exterior, described by Ada Louise Huxtable as a "die-cut Venetian Palazzo on lollipops." Understood as a raised middle finger to the prevailing International Style, Stone's early attempt at historical pastiche was considered as reactionary as the figurative painting collection the building was designed to complement.
I am watching the white gannets blaze down into the water with the power of blunt spears and a stunning accuracy - even though the sea is riled and boiling and gray with fog and the fish are nowhere to be seen, they fall, they explode into the water like white gloves, then they vanish, then they climb out again, from the cliff of the wave, like white flowers - and still I think that nothing in this world moves but as a positive power - even the fish, finning down into the current or collapsing in the red purse of the beak, are only interrupted from their own pursuit of whatever it is that fills their bellies and I say: life is real, and pain is real, but death is an imposter, and if I could be what once I was, like the wolf or the bear standing on the cold shore,
GRAEME SHINNIE last night admitted Scott Brown riled the Reds with his in-your-face celebrations after Celtic's last-gasp Scottish Cup Final win over Aberdeen.
HUGHES riled by flat display "I was looking for guys with bravery and courage to take the ball and express themselves and be a winner and make it happen for us.
While talking on the 'Live With Kelly and Michael', the 41-year-old actress said that while she claps for every kid who makes a shot during the game, her 41-year-old husband gets all riled up, shouting at the kids to play the game properly, Us Magazine reported.
But she clearly riled him with her accusations over immigration.
YOU don't often find me wearing a feminist hat, but the furore in the press over the fashion sense of Michelle Obama versus that of Sarah Brown has riled me.