stir up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stir up provoke or stir up "incite a riot","set off great unrest among the people"
    • v stir up change the arrangement or position of
    • v stir up arouse or excite feelings and passions "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor","The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world","Wake old feelings of hatred"
    • v stir up try to stir up public opinion
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Aztecs of Mexico roasted and ground up the cacao bean, mixed it with water, added peppers and other spices, stirred it up to a froth and drank the pungent mixture they called "chocolatl."
    • Stir up to instigate the passions of: to put into motion or action: to enliven: to disturb
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.”
  • Bible
    “A soft answer truth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.”
  • Robert Southey
    “What will not woman, gentle woman dare; when strong affection stirs her spirit up?”
  • Andre Gide
    “It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. styrian; Dut. storen, Ger. stören, to drive.


In literature:

Arriving at the camp, the fire was stirred up, and the lads hung up the most of their clothing to dry, while they took a good rubbing-down.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
They'll stir up the rurales to get after us, I reckon.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Now, it hath pleased God to stir up prophets, noblemen, and people of the land, to put their hands to this work.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
It will stir up your entire organism.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
I worked on his feelin's just to get him all stirred up.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
He went from town to town, stirring up the sluggish conscience of French Protestantism.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
There is plenty of plant-food in them, but it needs stirring up.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Or is it the theater which has stirred him up?
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I shall try and stir them up if I have half a chance.
"Letters from France" by Isaac Alexander Mack
Go on and feed the niggers, an' stir up Bud, and I'll be on hand in the mornin' when court opens.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt

In poetry:

I watch the restless children,
They rush about at their play,
And my heart stirs up with a sadness;
So full of life are they.
"Life In The Village" by Alexander Anderson
List the harp in window wailing
Stirred by fitful gales from sea:
Shrieking up in mad crescendo--
Dying down in plaintive key!
"The Aeolian Harp" by Herman Melville
But still, when some master poet,
Who hath felt the same sweet strife,
Stirs up with his full, deep music
The ashes of that old life:
"Gretchen" by Alexander Anderson
Spotless, spotless, spotless, spotless,
At the sounding of that word,
All my soul turned up to heaven,
All my heart within me stirred.
"Spotless (James 1:21)" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The psalm has died away, but hush!
A deeper sound is heard,
At which rough cheeks flush up, and hearts
Grow strangely touched and stirred.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
King Hafbur & King Siward
They needs must stir up strife,
All about the sweetling Signy
Who was so fair a wife.
O wilt thou win me then,
or as fair a maid as I be?
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris

In news:

This has stirred up attention from the USA today and ESPN.
Tropical storm Beryl stirs up Savannah, Tybee.
The economic downturn has been a real buzzkill for most new Los Angeles restaurants, but one venue continues to stir up interest: The Bazaar by José Andrés at the new SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Fake Christmas tree stirs up holiday controversy.
Hurricane Sandy stirs up surf on Brevard County beaches.
Sale of Sebastian Junger's Hell's Kitchen Condo Stirs Up The Perfect Storm.
Today, rumors about another protest stirred up the community even more.
When the Joe Paterno statue was removed from the university's campus Sunday, those feelings were stirred up once again.
' Dew Tour' extreme sports event stirs up controversy over wage laws.
An email thread about a proposal to locate an NFL stadium at the site of the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal stirred up the San Diego mayoral race today.
But then, Jesus stirred up plenty.
PBS " Dust Bowl " series stirs up hope for Panhandle tourism.
Mississippi's Personhood Initiative seems to have stirred up more emotion than any other item on the Nov 8 ballot.
Fake Christmas tree stirs up holiday controversy.
Sale of Sebastian Junger's Hell 's Kitchen Condo Stirs Up The Perfect Storm.

In science:

First of all, they settle toward the midplane, and at the same time they get turbulently stirred back up again.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Because the rained-down grains are now stirred up from the midplane again, they can rain down a second and third time, continuing to sweep up any grains they meet.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
The differential setting effect (prolonged by the vertical stirring) is clearly the dominant process up to 104 years.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Since the local freefall timescales in the centres of early-type galaxies are generally much shorter than the gas cooling time, hydrostatic equilibrium is expected to be quickly established unless the ISM is being actively stirred up, for example by AGN activity or galaxy merging (Mathews & Brighenti 2003).
Hydrostatic Gas Constraints on Supermassive Black Hole Masses: Implications for Hydrostatic Equilibrium and Dynamical Modelling in a Sample of Early-Type Galaxies
Although major mergers occur only once per Hubble time, on average, minor mergers occur far more frequently, and act to stir up the gas, thereby heating it and lengthening the time required for it to cool.
The First Stars