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    Exclamation Make waves

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    I wonder if make waves is used to refer to something which may cause trouble as by questioning or resisting the accepted rules or it has also a positive connotation. In what contexts we can use this idiom?

    If something “makes waves,” it means it causes wide impact on a group or society in general.The impact can be good, like a new technology improving the way everybody communicates – or it can be bad, like one country’s financial crisis affecting other countries, too. (https://www.espressoenglish.net/15-idiomatic-expressions-with-the-verb-make/)

    2. "If someone makes waves, they cause a lot of trouble." (https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/make+waves.html(

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    Re: Make waves

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    In what contexts we can can we use this idiom?
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    Re: Make waves

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I wonder if "make waves" is used to refer to something which may cause trouble as by questioning or resisting the accepted rules or it has also a positive connotation.
    Remember to surround text you're discussing in quotation marks or to set it in italics.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Make waves

    And when you make waves, you rock the boat.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: Make waves

    ... and vice versa.

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    Re: Make waves

    A similar idiom is 'cause a flap'.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Make waves

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    A similar idiom is 'cause a flap'.
    Thank you all. But, I did not get any answer to my question yet.

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    Re: Make waves

    Did you read the examples linked in post #2?
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Make waves

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    So the examples show that the second definition is not an appropriate one and "make waves"has both a positive and negative connotations. Am I right?

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    Re: Make waves

    It can have either positive or negative connotations.
    Your 2. is not completely wrong. Causing trouble can be referred to as "making waves", but not if it's enough trouble to sink the boat, so to speak.

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