Scot. and Irish English. rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.
the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
raise Cain, Slang.
become angry or violent:
He’ll raise Cain when he finds out I lost his watch.
to behave in a boisterous manner; cause a disturbance:
The students raised Cain while the teacher was out.
James M. 1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
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(history) (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
to cause a commotion
to react or protest heatedly
see: raise Cain
cain and abel Note: God “set a mark upon Cain” to protect him in his wanderings. The “mark of Cain” now refers to an individual’s or humankind’s sinful nature.
cainan Historical Examples The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
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