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raise cain

To cause trouble.


  • From Cain, the biblical son of Adam and Eve, the first murderer. The expression implies bringing or returning that evil to Earth.

If those boys have been out drinking and raising Cain again tonight...

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'raise cain':

raise cainTo behave in a disruptive manner.
raise cainThe children tend to 'raise cain' if they can't play ball after supper.
Raise CainTo be extremely furious or frustrated and grumble with trouble
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