a storm in a teacup

noun phrase

British
: a situation in which people are very angry or upset about something that is not important
The whole controversy turned out to be a storm in a teacup.

Examples of a storm in a teacup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On National Tea Day, if everyone who felt trouble brewing took this simple step, whether virtually or in person, maybe more issues would just turn out to be a storm in a teacup. Anna Shields, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023

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“A storm in a teacup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20storm%20in%20a%20teacup. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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