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Meaning of “make waves” in the English Dictionary

"make waves" in British English

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make waves

informalC2 to be very ​active so that other ​peoplenotice you, often in a way that ​intentionallycausestrouble: 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 ​upsetpeople 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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