make a federal case out of

Definition of make a federal case out of

US, informal

  1. :  to become very upset or angry about (something that is not important) I agree that he shouldn't have said that, but there's no reason to make a federal case out of it. Do you have to make a federal case out of it every time I come home late?

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

federalplay
  1. :  of or relating to a compact or treaty

    :  formed by a compact between political units that surrender their individual sovereignty to a central authority but retain limited residuary powers of government

    :  of or constituting a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and a number of constituent territorial units

caseplay
  1. :  a set of circumstances or conditions

    :  a situation requiring investigation or action (as by the police)

    :  the object of investigation or consideration

  1. :  a box or receptacle for holding something

    :  a box together with its contents

    :  set

  1. :  to enclose in or cover with or as if with a case :  encase

    :  to line (something, such as a well) with supporting material (such as metal pipe)

    :  to inspect or study especially with intent to rob

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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