Meaning of “make waves” in the English Dictionary

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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)