tempest in a teapot
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Attested since 1838. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
- (idiomatic) A major fuss over a trivial matter.
- The media frenzy over the actor's drunken behavior was a tempest in a teapot.
- This is by far the most common of the various forms of the idiom in the US, and the most common form overall.
- much ado about nothing
- storm in a teacup (British), and its variants storm in a tea-kettle and storm in a teapot
- tempest in a teacup, tempest in a tea-kettle
big fuss made in a small context
- 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).