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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.
a murderer.
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.
Contemporary Examples

Pizza Guy for President! Bryan Curtis January 12, 2011
Romney’s Mormon Religion No Obstacle for Republicans If He Faces Obama Patricia Murphy November 22, 2011
Rick Perry’s Dogged Damage Control Jill Lawrence November 10, 2011
Black Elite Slams Cain Lois Romano October 18, 2011
The Hypocritical War on ‘Illegals’ Chris Weitz October 28, 2011

Historical Examples

The Wonder Book of Bible Stories Compiled by Logan Marshall
Folkways William Graham Sumner
Epistle Sermons, Vol. III Martin Luther
A History of French Literature Edward Dowden
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I Martin Luther

(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)
raise Cain

to cause a commotion
to react or protest heatedly

see: raise Cain


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