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start something

To instigate a fight or argument. (set phrase) What are you smirking at? You want to start something, pal? Janet always tries to start something whenever she gets drunk.
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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]
See also: something, start
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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?
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start something

Informal
To cause trouble.
See also: something, start
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In fact, when the Apple "Start Something New" campaign appeared, Britto received messages congratulating him, incorrectly, for what appeared to be a new business deal with Apple.
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According to Gibson, the celebration was the cornerstone to help him start something even bigger--The Diamond Head International Music Festival and Conference.
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He said: ``I didn't start something six months ago just to leave halfway through.
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The 14-year-old co-star of The Bernie Mac Show decided to open Baked Ice, a Pasadena, California-based ice cream shop over a year ago "I wanted to try something new that no other kid that I know of has done before Usually they'll start something with fashion, but ice cream was different." Winbush used the money generated from her career as a professional actress to start Baked Ice.
We're going to start something at the beginning of the 40-minute set, and by the end it's going to make sense.
I'm an eddy in the river of women, a wallflower, unchatted-up by my sisters and unsure how to start something in the absence of the comforting assertiveness of men.
That's why when I start something it is something positive that will not harm my people only enhance their lives.
He is mainly seen as a TV producer, but he also was in the right frame of mind to start something else, so he started his own publishing company and mine was the first book.'
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