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Big stink

big stink

A commotion or fuss; an argument: her big stink about cleaning up his room
A major issue or scandal: Don’t make a big stink about minor issues (1800+)

Contemporary Examples

The Tea Party’s Strange New War Zachary Roth September 30, 2010
The Tea Party’s Strange New War Zachary Roth September 30, 2010
Akin’s Permanence, Huckabee’s Sick Mumbo-Jumbo Michael Tomasky August 20, 2012

Historical Examples

Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn

A major scandal or furor. For example, If they don’t improve the women’s facilities, Marjorie will make a big stink about it. [ Early 1800s ]


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