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cause a stirTo cause controversy, or raise a disturbance.
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lost causeA cause, attempt, or effort that is hopeless or futile.
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root causeAn initiating cause of a chain of events which leads to an outcome or effect of interest.
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act upTo misbehave; to cause trouble.
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fall awayTo cease to support a person or cause.
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bring uponTo cause to befall.
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bring roundTo resuscitate; to cause to regain consciousness.
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buck offTo cause to fall off.
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keep fromTo prevent or restrain ; refrain or cause refrain.
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lay lowTo knock out; to cause to fall.
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put down toTo state the cause of a situation.
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take backTo cause to remember some past event or time.
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throw downTo cause something one is holding to drop, often forcefully.
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touch offTo start; to cause, especially used for unstable situations that may magnify if disturbed.
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mess upTo cause a problem with; to introduce an error or mistake in; to make muddled or confused; spoil; ruin.
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stave inTo stave from the outside, to crush inward, to cause to collapse inward.
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bring aboutTo cause to take place.
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bring outTo cause a visible symptom such as spots or a rash.
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chase downTo investigate the cause of something.
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heat upTo heat, to cause to become hotter.
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keep downTo cause not to increase or rise.
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kick inTo kick or strike so as to cause the object struck to collapse or fall inwards.
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pump upTo cause one's muscles to swell by means of focussed weightlifting.
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run intoTo cause to collide with.
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suck intoTo cause someone to become slowly more and more involved in a business or situation that is often not to that person's liking.
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red face testA hypothetical test of a person's embarrassment, that is either passed or failed. Saying one passes the red face test means one would not blush and thus would not be embarrassed by disclosing something to others or doing something, and saying one fails the red face test means a situation would cause them discernible embarrassment.
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turn to stoneTo cause something to become stone.
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at handBeing at the moment the center of attention or the cause of trouble.
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bad taste in one's mouthA feeling of guilt, responsibility, or embarrassment as to cause nausea.
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bad taste in one's mouthA feeling something is morally despicable as to cause nausea.
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beat upTo cause by some other means, injuries comparable to the result of being beaten up.
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bite the hand that feeds youTo cause harm to a benefactor.
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blow awayTo cause to go away by blowing.
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break someone's heartTo cause a person to feel grief or sadness.
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bring backTo cause someone to remember something from the past.
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bug outTo cause to bulge.
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burn a hole in one's pocketTo cause someone to be tempted to spend money.
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buy timePurposefully cause a delay to something, in order to achieve something else.
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cool downTo cause something temperature to lower.
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cool downTo cause to become less agitated.
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crack upTo cause to laugh heartily.
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cry all the way to the bankTo be happy due to the receipt of money, although expressing sorrow about the cause of such receipt.
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dieFollowed by with. Now rare as indicating direct cause.
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do forcause the ruin of
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do someone proudTo cause someone to feel pride, admiration, or satisfaction.
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don't shit where you eat(idiomatic, vulgar) One should not cause trouble in a place, group, or situation in which one regularly finds oneself.1998 April 14, Nelson Navarro, "Ever faithful, ever true," Manila Standard (Philippines) (retrieved 12 Aug. 2011):The guiding principle is Don't shit where you eat. Office romances are always destructive of morale and objectivity.2003 Oct. 8, Jonathan Valania, "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Pussy," Philadelphia Weekly (retrieved 12 Aug. 2011):Limbaugh was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the NAB convention in, of all places, Philadelphia, thus violating the cardinal law of the animal kingdom: Don't shit where you eat.2006 Sept. 19, Michael Musto, "NY Mirror," Village Voice (retrieved 12 Aug. 2011):Mitchell refused to indulge in on-set romances with either gender. "You don't shit where you eat," he told me, plainly.
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double whammya twofold blow or setback; a series of two events that cause adverse effects
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drive-by mediaMedia professionals who "spray" a bunch of repetitive misstatements, mistaken and misinterpreted news reports to cause excitement and confusion. They then figuratively "drive off" leaving the cleanup of their mess and hysteria to others, to correct and properly explain and interpret.
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esprit de corpsA shared spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group, for example of a military unit.
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feet of clayTo say that someone, who appears strong or invincible, in fact has a hidden weak point which could cause their fall.
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