Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Cause trouble, especially a quarrel or fight, as in Stop bringing that up-do you want to start something? [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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?
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
To cause trouble.
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.