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stir sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with stir   /stɜːr/ us    /stɝː/ (-rr-)

(EMOTION)

C2 to cause an unpleasant emotion or problem to begin or grow: The teacher told him to stop stirring up trouble. The photographs stirred up some painful memories.

(SUBSTANCE)

to cause a substance such as soil or dust to move and rise up: The helicopter stirred up clouds of dust.
(Definition of stir sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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