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"make waves" in British English

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make waves

informal
C2 to be very active so that other people notice you, often in a way that intentionally causes trouble: It's probably not a good idea to start making waves in your first week in a new job.
(Definition of make waves from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"make waves" in American English

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make waves

to shock or upset people with something new or different: When I started the job, a friend told me not to make waves because the managers didn't like people to disagree with them.
(Definition of make waves from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “make waves”
in Chinese (Simplified) (故意)兴风作浪,挑起事端…
in Chinese (Traditional) (故意)興風作浪,挑起事端…
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