tempest in a teapot
Date: 1838 a great commotion over an unimportant matter

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  • tempest in a teapot — {n. phr.} Great excitement about something not important. * /Bess tore her skirt a little and made a tempest in a teapot./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tempest in a teapot — {n. phr.} Great excitement about something not important. * /Bess tore her skirt a little and made a tempest in a teapot./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Tempest in a teapot — (in American English), or storm in a teacup (in British English), is an idiom used commonly in English meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion. [ [http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/storm+in+a+teacup.html Using …   Wikipedia

  • tempest in a teapot — If people exaggerate the seriousness of a situation or problem, they are making a tempest in a teapot …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • tempest in a teapot — a great commotion about a matter of small importance her anger was unreasonable, a tempest in a teapot E.A.McCourt …   Useful english dictionary

  • tempest in a teapot — noun A major fuss over a trivial matter. The media frenzy over the actors drunken behavior was a tempest in a teapot. Syn: storm in a teacup, storm in a tea kettle, storm in a teapot, tempest in a teacup, tempest in a tea kettle …   Wiktionary

  • tempest\ in\ a\ teapot — n. phr. Great excitement about something not important. Bess tore her skirt a little and made a tempest in a teapot …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tempest in a teapot —    If people exaggerate the seriousness of a situation or problem, they are making a tempest in a teapot.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • tempest in a teapot — great excitement about something not important The problem was really a tempest in a teapot and after a few days everyone had forgotten about it …   Idioms and examples

  • tempest in a teapot — See a tempest in a teapot …   English idioms

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