tempest in a teapot

noun phrase

Definition of tempest in a teapot

: a great commotion over an unimportant matter

First Known Use of tempest in a teapot

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Tempest in a teapot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempest%20in%20a%20teapot. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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