rattle someone's cage

Nobody has corrected the problem yet, so its time to rattle their cage.


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  • rattle someone's cage — (informal) To stir someone up to anger or excitement • • • Main Entry: ↑rattle * * * rattle someone’s cage humorous phrase to make someone angry or upset Who rattled his cage? Thesaurus: to make someone angry or annoyed …   Useful english dictionary

  • rattle someone's cage — rattle (someone s) cage to make someone angry on purpose, often in order to make them seem silly. She tried to rattle his cage with questions about his failed army career …   New idioms dictionary

  • rattle someone's cage — vb to provoke, disturb, rouse. A phrase in mainly working class usage which, like others ( drop off the perch , sick as a par rot , etc.), uses the imagery of a caged bird or animal. The expression usually forms part of a provocative rhetorical… …   Contemporary slang

  • rattle someone's cage — humorous to make someone angry or upset Who rattled his cage? …   English dictionary

  • rattle someone's — ● cage …   Useful english dictionary

  • rattle cage — rattle (someone s) cage to make someone angry on purpose, often in order to make them seem silly. She tried to rattle his cage with questions about his failed army career …   New idioms dictionary

  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ rætl ] verb 1. ) intransitive if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes: The house shook and the doors and windows rattled. There s something rattling in the bottom of that box. a ) transitive to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rattle — I UK [ˈræt(ə)l] / US verb Word forms rattle : present tense I/you/we/they rattle he/she/it rattles present participle rattling past tense rattled past participle rattled 1) a) [intransitive] if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking… …   English dictionary

  • rattle — [v1] bang, jiggle bicker, bounce, clack, clatter, drum, jangle, jar, jolt, jounce, knock, shake, shatter, sound, vibrate; concepts 65,152 rattle [v2] talk aimlessly, endlessly babble, cackle, chat, chatter, clack, gab, gabble, gush, jabber, jaw,… …   New thesaurus

  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ˈrætl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German ratelen] 1.) [I and T] if you rattle something, or if it rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds ▪ Dan banged on her door and rattled the handle. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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