kick up a fuss/stink

Definition of kick up a fuss/stink

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

Word by Word Definitions

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

fuss play
  1. : needless bustle or excitement

  2. : a show of flattering attention

  3. : a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter

  1. : to create or be in a state of restless activity

  2. : to pay close or undue attention to small details

  3. : to become upset : worry

stink play
  1. : to emit a strong offensive odor

  2. : to be offensive

  3. : to possess something to an offensive degree

  1. : a strong offensive odor : stench

  2. : a public outcry against something : fuss


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