make waves

make waves
CAUSE TROUBLE, be disruptive, be troublesome; make an impression, get noticed.
wave

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phrasal
: to disturb the status quo

unimaginative, traditional career man who does not make waves — Henry Trewhitt

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make waves
To create a disturbance, make trouble
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Main Entry:wave

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make waves informal phrase
to cause problems by making suggestions or criticisms

The independent candidates are making waves in the election campaign.

Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym
Main entry: wave

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informal create a significant impression

he has already made waves as a sculptor

cause trouble

I don't want to risk her welfare by making waves

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make waves
informal : to do something that causes people to notice you

He's making waves in the music industry.

especially : to cause trouble or annoy people by complaining

I'm tempted to complain, but I don't want to make waves.

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Main Entry:wave

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make ˈwaves idiom
(informal) to be very active in a way that makes people notice you, and that may sometimes cause problems
Main entry:waveidiom

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