make a big thing about/out of (something)

idiom

informal
: to act as if something is very important or serious when it is not
Don't make such a big thing about missing the bus: there'll be another one along in a minute.
It was a minor error, but she made a big thing out of it.

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“Make a big thing about/out of (something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20a%20big%20thing%20about%2Fout%20of%20%28something%29. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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