Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kick up v.

1. [mid-18C+] to cause trouble, to react unfavourably, usu. in combs., see below and at individual nouns.

2. [mid-19C+] to create, to make something happen; thus kicker-up, one who creates, who makes things happen.

3. [1970s+] to raise the volume, e.g. on a stereo.

4. [1990s+] (US) to start.

5. [2000s] (US Und.) to pass on a share of a bribe to a senior rank in one’s organization.

6. [2010s] of rain or storms, to be extreme.

In phrases

kick up a fuss (v.)

[mid-18C+] to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.

kick up (a) murder (v.) [blue murder n.]

[1920s–60s] to make a great fuss.

kick up a riot (v.)

[mid-18C+] to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.

kick up bobsy-die (v.) [dial. bobs-a-dying, a great fuss, pandemonium]

[19C+] (N.Z.) to make a fuss, a commotion.

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