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. Your doctor hisself said one glass wouldn't hurt me.
"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.
Parents should not only raise Cain with their local councillors, they should also bring pressure on their Assembly Members and Members of Parliament, if necessary threatening retribution at the ballot box, to get the law changed, so that Health and Safety Inspectorate, Fire Brigade fire safety inspectors, and Estyn education inspectors are not only able, but required by law, to make unannounced health and safety, fire and education environment inspections several times a year of all school buildings, and issue compulsory remedial schedules with severely punitive fines for councils who fail to implement said schedules or otherwise fail to meet appropriate standards of maintenance.
The Iranian nuclear chief criticized silence of Western countries, particularly the European Union, in the detention case of Press TV's anchor, saying, "When an issue is in line with their interests, Western countries raise Cain, but when such unfortunate cases happen in which the innocence and truthfulness of this lady is evident to everybody, they remain totally silent."
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.