raise Cain


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raise Cain

To make an angry commotion.
References in classic literature ?
I seen old Flint in the corner there, behind you; as plain as print, I seen him; and if I get the horrors, I'm a man that has lived rough, and I'll raise Cain.
If Lord Ernest finds his rooms locked up he'll raise Cain," said Raffles; "we must let him come in and lock up for himself before we corner him.
There's no reason to raise Cain or rave and rant in Congress to demand an investigation funded by government money and resources on the perceived discriminatory treatment.
But perhaps some staff, all female, felt they would be politically incorrect to raise Cain over Wilson as he was the sole male among them: unwittingly, they were allowing a bulldozer to level the land for his sins.