Make a stink

verb phrase

To exhibit anger, indignation, fiery temper, hysterics, etc, in a public outburst: I asked her to be quiet and not make a scene/ Why don’t these pay cable services make a public stink about the Time Inc-Manhattan Cable monopoly?/ ”I never made a big stink about it,” says Righetti (entry form 1804+, variant 1812+)
Also, raise a stink. Create a great fuss; complain, criticize, or otherwise make trouble about something. For example, They promised to fix the printer today; you needn’t make a stink about it, or The parents were raising a stink about the principal’s new rules. This idiom transfers an offensive odor to a public fuss. [ Mid-1800s ]
Also see: make a scene


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