tempest in a teapot

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Definition of tempest in a teapot

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: a great commotion over an unimportant matter

a tempest in a teapot

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Definition of a tempest in a teapot (Entry 2 of 2)

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: a situation in which people are upset or angry about something that is not very important

First Known Use of tempest in a teapot

Noun phrase (1)

1838, in the meaning defined above

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