federal case

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In the United States of America, courts with federal jurisdiction generally are for much more serious offenses than those whose cases are heard by local courts.

Noun[edit]

federal case

  1. (idiomatic) Any over-exaggerated ordeal.
    So I didn't put the toilet seat down — you don't have to make a federal case out of it.

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