Definition of stir up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


stir up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
to encourage somebody to do something; to make somebody feel they must do something
  1. 1to make people feel strong emotions to stir up hatred
  2. 2to try to cause arguments or problems to stir up a debate Whenever he's around, he always manages to stir up trouble. We've got enough problems without you trying to stir things up.
  3. 3to make something move around in water or air The wind stirred up a lot of dust.
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