Definition of put (or set) the cat among the pigeons in English:

put (or set) the cat among the pigeons

phrase

British
  • Say or do something that is likely to cause trouble or controversy.

    • ‘Our Peter has been putting the cat among the pigeons.’
    • ‘However, a quick wicket or two could set the cat among the pigeons and precipitate a collapse.’
    • ‘John Maynard Keynes put the cat among the pigeons when he said that Newton was not the first great scientist, but the last great magician.’
    • ‘Bing's surprise arrival at the station immediately puts the cat among the pigeons, and he appears to actively enjoy the awkwardness he all too often creates around about him.’
    • ‘‘If you didn't grant permission again it would really set the cat among the pigeons,’ he said.’
    • ‘Anyway, our Brendan decides to put the cat among the pigeons by means of this post slagging off the monarchy and right wing bloggers.’
    • ‘We certainly set the cat among the pigeons when we broke the news that Britain's biggest building society would face a demutualisation vote in July.’
    • ‘An anonymous poison-pen letter doing the higher ed rounds has set the cat among the pigeons at the universities' international marketing and recruitment arm.’
    • ‘We have requested a presentation from the housing associations about the scale of the problem and I think that has set the cat among the pigeons.’
    • ‘He set the cat among the pigeons by insisting CDs be clearly marked as such, and that they should not bear the familiar Compact Disc logo, because effectively they weren't.’