stir up
Verb

stir up

  1. (transitive) To arouse or excite (passion or action).
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
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      All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag […]
  2. (transitive) To mix (ingredients) by stirring.
  3. (transitive) To move or disturb slightly; to make turbid.
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