a noisy commotion; fracas; rumpus: The losers are sure to raise a ruckus.
a heated controversy: Newspapers fostered the ruckus by printing the opponents' letters.

1885–90, Americanism; probably blend of ruction and rumpus Unabridged
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ruckus (ˈrʌkəs)
n , pl -uses
informal an uproar; ruction
[C20: from ruction + rumpus]

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Word Origin & History

1890, possibly a blend of ruction "disturbance" (1825) and rumpus (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Take the ruckus that has erupted over the demise of the dinosaurs.
Don't intentionally cause a ruckus and then complain about the ruckus.
As usually they make ruckus push the migrants out and then eventually they will
  migrate back.
Diving from limb to limb, gabbling excitedly, they set up a menacing ruckus.
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