ADJ. dreadful, great, terrible | sudden
VERB + COMMOTION cause, make, set up The people upstairs were making a great commotion. The dogs set up a terrible commotion as we came near the house. | hear
COMMOTION + VERB break out | die down
PREP. in a/the ~ Lots of furniture had been knocked over in the commotion. | ~ about/over What's all the commotion about?