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Wake sleeping dogs vs Wake snakes

wake sleeping dogs —(also: wake a sleeping dog ) create trouble interfering with a precarious situation which is quiet:

  • Some say that it is too early to fix any rules, or that it is really dangerous to do so: it might wake sleeping dogs.

Cf.: let sleeping dogs lie—refrain from stirring up potential trouble:

  • How many times had he told her it was over, that she needed to move on and let sleeping dogs lie?

wake snakes —(dated sl.) cause trouble or disturbance:

  • But what about some phrases that we don’t hear very often anymore? I found some of these quite interesting. To wake snakes, meant to raise a ruckus.