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1A state of confused and noisy disturbance:‘she was distracted by a commotion across the street’[mass noun] ‘they set off firecrackers to make a lot of commotion’
disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, meleeturmoil, disorder, confusion, chaos, mayhem, havoc, pandemonium, upheaval, unrest, fracas, riot, breach of the peace, disruption, agitation, excitement, hurly-burly, hubbub, disquiet, ferment, bother, folderol, bustle, hustle and bustledonnybrooktamashabangarangsong and dance, pantomime, production, rumpus, ruction, ructions, ballyhoo, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, aggro, argy-bargycarry-on, kerfuffle, row, stink, splash, hooplafoofarawbobsy-dieaffraybroilView synonyms
- ‘‘We heard a commotion on the beach so we got up and ran to see what was going on,’ he said.’
- ‘A neighbour was alerted by the commotion and the Metropolitan Police and an ambulance were called.’
- ‘I heard some noise and his excited voice and a whole lot of other commotions.’
- ‘About a dozen officers moved in swiftly to make sure the commotion didn't spread.’
- ‘In the commotion the victim was punched in the face by both attackers and left bruised, but didn't need hospital treatment.’
- ‘Being out with Maggie caused quite a sensation, quite a commotion.’
- ‘What began as a small commotion is quickly growing into a full-blown riot.’
- ‘If the other orphans see that they'll cause a commotion and stir up so much trouble.’
- ‘He went outside on the second floor balcony of his house to see what the commotion was all about in their garden.’
- ‘I had to buy a pair of shoes but half way through my purchase a commotion erupted outside in the street.’
- ‘First, before he gets started, there's a commotion in the middle of the audience.’
- ‘In an interview held within hours of the incident Richardson told officers how there was a loud commotion and banging on his door.’
- ‘His arms around his head, he shut his eyes, blocking out all the commotions that came from outside his room and making his mind completely blank, devoid of any obvious emotions.’
- ‘People opened their windows or came out into the street to see what the commotion was about.’
- ‘Police said one of his neighbours heard the commotion and chased the suspect towards the nearby pub where he lost sight of him.’
- ‘The city was quiet, in the lull between the commotion and bustle of the day and the casual activity of night.’
- ‘A passing cab driver, who heard the commotion and spotted the fire coming from the flat, called police.’
- ‘Neighbours spoke of hearing a loud bang and a commotion, as police, paramedics and the fire brigade attended the scene.’
- ‘Alerted by the commotion the burglar was disturbed and chased by pub regulars but he got away.’
- ‘On the morning of this tragedy, a neighbour and close friend heard all the commotion and ran across the road to see if Ruth was OK.’
- 1.1[mass noun] Civil insurrection:‘damage caused by civil commotion’
- ‘Urban commotions, however, were to continue into the seventeenth century.’
- ‘Aaron held him down though, preventing any commotion that would endanger our lives as well as the captains.’
- ‘The winter that was to provide respite from the summer's commotion only proved to be worse.’
- ‘The climax of these commotions came during the fourth week of September, when the parliament returned in triumph from its exile.’
Late Middle English: from Latin commotio(n-), from com- altogether + motio (see motion).
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