stir up



stir up (third-person singular simple present stirs up, present participle stirring up, simple past and past participle stirred up)

  1. (transitive) To arouse or excite (passion or action).
    • 1900 June 1, Wilbur Wright, Letter to Octave Chanute:
      What one man can do himself directly is but little. If however he can stir up ten others to take up the task he has accomplished much.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      Episode 16:
      All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag []
  2. (transitive) To mix (ingredients) by stirring.
  3. (transitive) To move or disturb slightly; to make turbid.