make a federal case out of

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Definition of make a federal case out of

US, informal
: 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?

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“Make a federal case out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20a%20federal%20case%20out%20of. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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