put the cat among the pigeons

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put the cat among the pigeons

  1. (idiomatic) To cause alarm.
    • Professor Stephen Hawking put the cat among the pigeons last week with his cheery remarks about comet Machholz-2, which some astronomers believe could be heading our way.The Times, 19 September 1994

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  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Cassell, 1996