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stir shit

rude slang To cause trouble and conflict. Quit stirring shit! I know you're the one spreading rumors about me! Somebody is bound to stir shit at Thanksgiving dinner—it happens every year.
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stir up

1. To stir something with a tool or utensil, especially to mix together its ingredients or parts. In this usage, a noun can be used between "stir" and "up." He stirred the mixture up before pouring it out into the mold. Make sure to stir the curry up well before you serve it.
2. To create as a result of stirring or agitating something. In this usage, a noun can be used between "stir" and "up." He stirred a couple cocktails up for us while we were waiting. Stop it, your stirring up a whole cloud of soot doing that!
3. To rouse, incite, or provoke something. In this usage, a noun can be used between "stir" and "up." Quit stirring up trouble! The president has been stirring up controversy again with another inflammatory remark. The old movie stirred emotions up in me that I'd long forgotten.
4. To incense someone; to agitate or anger someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "up." Quit stirring up trouble! The president has been stirring up controversy again with another inflammatory remark. The old movie stirred emotions up in me that I'd long forgotten.
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stir (one's) blood

To put someone into a state of extreme excitement, enthusiasm, or determination. The president's famous speech still stirs my blood to this day. The show ends with a rousing musical number that is sure to stir your blood!
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stir the blood

To put someone into a state of extreme excitement, enthusiasm, or determination. The president's famous speech still stirs the blood to this day. The show ends with a rousing musical number that is sure to stir the blood!
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stir the possum

To instigate or propagate something controversial, incendiary, or divisive. Primarily heard in Australia. The MP has been accused of stirring the possum with her social media post about the evils of same-sex marriage. I know this is likely to stir the possum, but I have to say my piece about how spoilt and sheltered kids are today.
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stir someone up

Fig. to get someone excited; to get someone angry. (Fig. on stir something up.) The march music really stirred the audience up. The march stirred up the audience.
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stir something up

 
1. Lit. to mix something by stirring. Please stir the pancake batter up before you use it. Please stir up the batter.
2. Fig. to cause trouble. Why are you always trying to stir trouble up? Are you stirring up trouble again?
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stir up

1. Mix together the ingredients or parts, as in He stirred up some pancake batter, or Will you stir up the fire? [Mid-1300s]
2. Rouse to action, incite, provoke, as in He's always stirring up trouble among the campers, or If the strikers aren't careful they'll stir up a riot. [First half of 1500s] Also see stir up a hornets' nest.
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stir the possum

stir up controversy; liven things up. Australian informal
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stir up

v.
1. To mix something before cooking or use: You must stir up the concrete thoroughly before you start paving the path. I poured the batter into a bowl and stirred it up vigorously.
2. To churn or agitate something into a state of turbulence: The storm stirred up the normally placid lake. The wind stirs the leaves up.
3. To cause something to form by churning or agitating: The truck zoomed off, stirring a cloud of dust up behind it. I stirred up a batch of concrete in the mixer and got to work paving the driveway.
4. To rouse the emotions of someone or something; excite someone or something: The protesters hope to stir up the public through this demonstration. The teacher stirred the students up when she threatened to give them more work.
5. To summon some collective emotion or sentiment by exciting a group of people: The court's verdict was certain to stir up controversy. The tourism board is trying to stir up interest in the city.
6. To evoke some mental image or remembrance: That old picture stirs up many memories for me.
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Make Caramel: In a medium saucepan, cook butter, brown sugar and honey over medium heat, stirring often, until butter and sugar melt.
Heat, over boiling water, stirring often, until mixture becomes soft and pliable, about 5 to 7 minutes.
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Microwave on high power 1 to 3 minutes, stirring once, until mixture boils.
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