rattle your cage

vp To annoy, bother. If the suspect won't talk, let's file some charges against him and rattle his cage. 1960s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • rattle someone's cage — (informal) To stir someone up to anger or excitement • • • Main Entry: ↑rattle * * * rattle someone’s cage humorous phrase to make someone angry or upset Who rattled his cage? Thesaurus: to make someone angry or annoyed …   Useful english dictionary

  • cage — [[t]ke͟ɪʤ[/t]] cages 1) N COUNT A cage is a structure of wire or metal bars in which birds or animals are kept. → See also rib cage I hate to see birds in cages. 2) PHRASE: V and N inflect If someone rattles your cage, they do something which is… …   English dictionary

  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ˈrætl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German ratelen] 1.) [I and T] if you rattle something, or if it rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds ▪ Dan banged on her door and rattled the handle. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rattle — 1 verb 1 (I, T) to shake, or make something shake, with quick repeated knocking noises: The windows rattled in the wind. | The beggar was rattling coins in an old mug. 2 (I) to move quickly, making a rattling noise (+ along/past/over etc): The… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rattle — 01. The windows [rattled] in the strong winds. 02. The earthquake started gradually, with the [rattling] of the dishes in the cupboard. 03. The train [rattled] by as we sat on the bridge. 04. The monkey grabbed the bars of his cage, and [rattled] …   Grammatical examples in English

  • rattle someone's cage — vb to provoke, disturb, rouse. A phrase in mainly working class usage which, like others ( drop off the perch , sick as a par rot , etc.), uses the imagery of a caged bird or animal. The expression usually forms part of a provocative rhetorical… …   Contemporary slang

  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ rætl ] verb 1. ) intransitive if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes: The house shook and the doors and windows rattled. There s something rattling in the bottom of that box. a ) transitive to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Job interview — Oakland, California. Hanging Around. The total time spent in actual interviews while hunting a job takes only a small part of the day; unwilling to go home these youths spend most of their day hanging around and talking with other job hunters.… …   Wikipedia

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