tempest in a teapot

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Tempest in a teapot


Attested since 1838. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


tempest in a teapot (plural tempests in teapots)

  1. (idiomatic) A major fuss over a trivial matter.
    The media frenzy over the actor's drunken behavior was a tempest in a teapot.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is by far the most common of the various forms of the idiom in the US, and the most common form overall.




  • tempest in a teacup in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "storm in a teacup," Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster (2002).