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To shout very loudly.


If you scratch that car, your father will raise the roof.


In my early childhood when I was misbehaving my grandmother told me that if my granddad knew what I was doing he would raise the roof. My grandfather was a very handy guy indeed, and in my mind I imagined him using jacks or something to literally raise the roof off the house.

That reprimand was completely lost on me. I asked my grandmother why he was going to raise the roof. She told me it was just a figure of speech - a comical suggestion that someone will explode in anger thus raising the roof.

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