raise the roof



raise the roof

  1. (idiomatic) To cause a commotion, as by boisterous celebrating or loud complaining; to make considerable noise.
    • 1918, "A Bold Assertion," Ashburton Guardian (New Zealand), 24 Dec., p. 2:
      What Jack loves above all is a song with a rousing chorus . . . in which Jack can do his bit towards "raising the roof".
    • 1956, "Ruth Millett," Victoria Advocate (Texas), 7 Nov., p. 5:
      This is . . . why she raises the roof if he pays too much attention to another woman at a party.
    • 2008, Leslie Ferenc, "Voters opt for stability of Guarnieri," Toronto Star (Canada), 15 Oct. (retrieved 16 July 2010):
      Jubilant Liberal supporters raised the roof of a Mississauga restaurant after incumbent Albina Guarnieri was swept back into office for her seventh term.


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