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    I'm stuck with this one, I dont clearly understand the meaning of it
    "You should have heard the fuss my mom kicked up"
    And also, does kick up have any other meaning besides the one in this sentence?. Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Kick up! Plz help

    Quote Originally Posted by nemesiser
    I'm stuck with this one, I dont clearly understand the meaning of it
    "You should have heard the fuss my mom kicked up"
    And also, does kick up have any other meaning besides the one in this sentence?. Thanks in advance
    To kick up a fuss means to provoke an angry arguement, usually complaining about your not having done something you were supposed to do.

    We also say, to kick up the prices, or my leg is kicking up, which means it does not function as it should.
    We say a machine kicks up, too.

    Svartnik

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    In the example you gave, "kicked up" means that the mom gave a loud, demonstrative display of her displeasure. She wasn't shy or discreet about expressing her anger.

    "Kick up" can also be used as a synonym for amplify, or to make bigger or louder. If you're at a concert or party, someone might incite the crowd to "kick up the excitement!" or just "kick it up!"

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    Thanks guys, the info REALLY HELPFUL, really appreciate it =D

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    Default Re: Kick up! Plz help

    or simply, "raise". "You should have heard the fuss my mom raised". As in Svartnik's example, "to kick up the price" = "to raise the price". In this context, I question whether the Svartnik's "provoke" or Ouischs's "loud" are speculative since one can kick up a fuss without provoking or being loud. Your thoughts?

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    O.K., let's kick this up one one more level. How about "raised sharply"?

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    That was my point. Why "sharply"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre14
    That was my point. Why "sharply"?
    "Kicking up a fuss" implies more than simply raising a little fuss. It's more of an all-out tantrum. The origin of the phrase literally refers to the kicking of the feet either in excitement or anger. "Kicking up the price" is a severe raise in price, not just a little increase: "As soon as Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, gas stations across the U.S. suddenly kicked up their prices."

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