rattle someone's cage

Definition of rattle someone's cage


  1. :  to make someone feel worried or upset Don't worry about what he said. He was just trying to rattle your cage.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a rapid succession of short sharp noises

    :  to chatter incessantly and aimlessly

    :  to move with a clatter or rattle

  1. :  a device that produces a rattle

    :  a case containing pellets used as a baby's toy

    :  the sound-producing organ on a rattlesnake's tail

  1. :  to furnish with ratlines

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a box or enclosure having some openwork for confining or carrying animals (as birds)

    :  a barred cell for confining prisoners

    :  a fenced area for prisoners of war

  1. :  to confine or keep in or as if in a cage

    :  to drive (as a puck) into a cage and score a goal

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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