sound and fury


: loud and angry words that attract a lot of attention but do nothing useful
The town meeting created lots of sound and fury, but no resolution.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For all the sound and fury about raising the United States’ debt limit, many economists say federal borrowing is not at a crisis point ... at least not yet. Josh Boak, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Jan. 2023 There will be a lot of sound and fury—leaks from Fox, followed by hostage videos from Tucker—in the coming days. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2023 The actors, amid all this sound and fury, can hardly compete. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023 What the new Mavericks give you, mostly, is a lot of sound and fury signifying seventh place. Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2023

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“Sound and fury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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