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start something

To instigate a fight, argument, or other conflict. Watch out for those guys. They're always looking to start something with anyone they come across. Hey, man, I'm not trying to start something, I was just sharing my opinion.
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start something

Cause trouble, especially a quarrel or fight, as in Stop bringing that up-do you want to start something? [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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ˈstart something/anything

(informal) begin a fight or an argument: Don’t try to start anything with him, he has a knife.Are you trying to start something?

start something

Informal
To cause trouble.
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References in classic literature ?
If he had anything on his mind at that moment, it was only the doubt whether they would start anything in the Kolpensky marsh, whether Laska would show to advantage in comparison with Krak, and whether he would shoot well that day himself.
On the other hand--here philosophy came to his rescue--if anybody did mean to start anything, his sword and armour might just as well not be there.
He did not start anything like as well as he can, but ran a brilliant bend to get inside reopposing Decoy Junior before drawing right away.
She said: "I was on my own, going through the menopause, really not looking to start anything new.
Everything has an end, why not start anything in a good way to make it beneficial for others at the end.
I consider myself to be a street artist which is similar but I meticulously plan out each mural and seek permission before I start anything.
And, in the meantime, don't start anything with your ex - it's not fair on your husband and it'll only confuse you even more.
As long as he keeps quiet, I won't start anything, so if anything does happen that means he has said something to me first.
Our intention is never to start anything but if the situation arises, we are within our rights to defend ourselves.
I'm also into the idea that the best way to start anything new, is to completely radically shift everything and then rebuild it.
I wasn't trying to start anything or cause any problems at all.
Because every time I start anything, I think, 'This time I'm going to be like Jude (Dench), and it will all be lovely, it will be merry and bright, the Quaker will come out in me.
Because every time I start anything, I think, 'This time I'm going to be like Jude [Judi Dench], and it will all be lovely, it will be merry and bright, the Quaker will come out in me'.
She added: "I didn't want to start anything physical with this guy and I felt that is probably what would happen.
It's so hard to start anything these days--there's so much noise--that you've got to double down, be innovative, and entice people.