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    Kicking up a rumpus

    Hi,

    I came across this idiom this week. I wonder what it means as rumpus, in the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, means: a disturbance, brawl, row, or uproar, and rumpus room means: a room, usually in the basement of a house, for games and play.

    I took it from this sentence: "They were kicking up a rumpus when the police arrived". Where they fighting? Where they making too much noise?

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    Re: Kicking up a rumpus

    Making a lot of noise, shouting, possibly fighting

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    Smile Re: Kicking up a rumpus

    Quote Originally Posted by Hortence View Post
    Hi,

    I came across this idiom this week. I wonder what it means as rumpus, in the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, means: a disturbance, brawl, row, or uproar, and rumpus room means: a room, usually in the basement of a house, for games and play.

    I took it from this sentence: "They were kicking up a rumpus when the police arrived". Where they fighting? Where they making too much noise?

    Thanks!
    rumpus is a synonym for fuss. There is an idiom : kicking up a fuss : which means to complain loudly about something. So we can conclude that the meaning of kicking up a rumpus is that they were complaing loudly.
    Thanks.

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