Idiom:  make waves


Idiom:  make waves

  • to shock or upset people by doing something different

Example sentences

— After Madonna, it was pretty hard to make waves in music.

— When you go overseas next semester try not to make waves—the world is a dangerous place these days.

— In my culture, people are encouraged to conform to social norms and not make waves.

— I finally quit my job because I was constantly being accused of making waves for simply speaking up at staff meetings and taking credit for the good work that I did.

— My son is very outspoken and is always making waves at school.

— Lady Gaga made waves when she first came out as an artist wearing a meat dress and other outlandish costumes.

— In the 1960s, civil rights advocates made waves through massive boycotts and protests in the United States.

— In order to make waves, people today have to do really extraordinary things.

— My assistant made waves at the office wearing blackface at Halloween and management is not sure how to handle the situation.

— Try not to make waves your first week on the job.


  • stir up trouble

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