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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.
Before I start anything now, perhaps I should finish things I've begun.
Let us not use this to start anything that will fight against the security of the mining town.
The barman said: "I'll serve you but don't start anything!" Birthdays Australian singer Holly Valance, who started her career on Neighbours, is 36.
Make a perfect plan before you start anything so you can have the goals you are going to achieve.
Backing up his dugout rival's version of events he said: "There were a lot of players in there trying to calm things down rather than start anything up.
Byrne is about to embark on a huge nationwide tour with a new show entitled You Can Come In, But Don't Start Anything. It started life at the Edinburgh Festival, where the 46-year-old is a bona fide legend.
Until Sunday, NEC COMEDY Jason Byrne Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper bonkers stunts in his new show You Can Come In, But Don't Start Anything.
Byrne is currently on a huge nationwide tour with a brand-new show entitled, You Can Come In, But Don't Start Anything. Even if you've seen the master of improv before, you should undoubtedly come again, as you can never be certain what his live shows will deliver.
"I never start anything. I'm not the type but when someone talks to me, my blood gets flowing a little bit.
"We really study (the job need) before we start anything new," he said.
ALL THE LATEST FROM THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT | STRAP yourself in as Jason Byrne, above, prepares to take audiences on a trip of mad routines and bonkers stunts as part of his new UK stand-up tour called You Can Come In, But Don't Start Anything.
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.
"Everything has an end, why not start anything in a good way to make it beneficial for others at the end.