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put (or set) the cat among the pigeons

Definition of put or set the cat among the pigeons in English:

British Say or do something that is likely to cause trouble or controversy.
Example sentences
  • We certainly set the cat among the pigeons when we broke the news that Britain's biggest building society would face a demutualisation vote in July.
  • ‘If you didn't grant permission again it would really set the cat among the pigeons,’ he said.
  • Our Peter has been putting the cat among the pigeons.
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