Raise Cain

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To be extremely furious or frustrated and grumble with trouble

Etymology:

  • This idiom emerged back in the mid of 19th, and it primarily is related to a bible story regarding a wicked Cain, who was involved in the killing of his brother Abel. The name of Cain was linked with the odd or wild behavior. Getting extremely furious and creating some sort of loud disturbance along with trouble, is basically “raining Cain”.
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My friend raised Cain because he was fired from his job.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Raise Cain':

raise cainTo behave in a disruptive manner.
raise cainTo cause trouble.
raise cainThe children tend to 'raise cain' if they can't play ball after supper.
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