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make mischief

Cause trouble, as in Don't listen to her gossip—she's just trying to make mischief. This idiom was first recorded in 1884, but the related noun mischief-maker, a person who causes trouble especially by tale-bearing, dates from about 1700.
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  • Yes, and she is goodness itself, and I don't believe she would be unkind and make mischief for worlds.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • Arthur Channing was not one to make mischief, or get another into trouble.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I do not want to make mischief, but I am not going to be treated in this way.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • Sir Thomas hoped that Mr. Gilmore was not going to make mischief.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • "He's going to the circus," whispered Fay, hoping to make mischief.

  • She is always ready to make mischief, and nobody can tell when or how she is going to do it.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • It had not been asked for and caused some offence, but that odious little wretch only wished to make mischief.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • "Don't try to do harm—to make mischief," he said, in a low voice.

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • I called him an ass, and said that he had better have remained away another year than come back and make mischief.

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