make a federal case out of

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?

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

federal play
  1. : of or relating to a compact or treaty

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

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

  1. : a supporter of the U.S. government in the Civil War

  2. : fed

case play
  1. : a set of circumstances or conditions

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

  3. : the object of investigation or consideration

  1. : a box or receptacle for holding something

  2. : a box together with its contents

  3. : set

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

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

  3. : to inspect or study especially with intent to rob

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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