kick up a fuss/stink

idiom

informal
: to complain
The service in the restaurant wasn't very good, but we decided not to kick up a fuss/stink about it.

Examples of kick up a fuss/stink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lingering stains and crumbs can kick up a stink that can be picked up by animals with sensitive noses and perhaps lead to campers having unwanted guests in the middle of the night. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Normalizing public breastfeeding is, strangely, still an ongoing cultural battle, but to kick up a fuss on Instagram seems especially childish. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2021 Researchers say that the highly territorial llamas will kick up a fuss if intruders drop by, and will scare away foxes and other predators looking to snack on eggs or chicks. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2010

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“Kick up a fuss/stink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick%20up%20a%20fuss%2Fstink. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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