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[mass noun] A great deal of fuss or trouble:‘she'll kick up bobsy-die later’
disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, meleeView synonyms
- ‘It has kicked up merry bobsy-die in the past by wanting to know, when there has been a split vote, who voted for and who voted against.’
- ‘This bill will get through only with the support of the Greens, yet only a week or so ago the Greens kicked up bobsy-die because the Accident Compensation Corporation invests in breweries.’
Early 19th century: contraction of earlier Bob's-a-dying.
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