rattle your cage

rattle your cage
vp To annoy, bother. If the suspect won't talk, let's file some charges against him and rattle his cage. 1960s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ˈrætl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German ratelen] 1.) [I and T] if you rattle something, or if it rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds ▪ Dan banged on her door and rattled the handle. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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