a tempest in a teapot

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a tempest in a teapot

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

Word by Word Definitions

tempest play
  1. : a violent storm

  2. : tumult, uproar

  1. : to raise a tempest in or around

teapot play
  1. : a vessel with a spout and a handle in which tea is brewed and from which it is served


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