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fuss

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2 a state of nervous or irritated concern
  • the new parents are always in a fuss over whether the baby is dressed warmly enough

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3 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • the company managed the move into the new building without any undue fuss

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4 an expression of dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment
  • none of the employees dared to make a fuss over having to come to work in the huge snowstorm

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fuss

verb

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1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely
  • the eldest daughter is always fussing that she gets stuck with all the chores around the house

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2 to make an exaggerated display of affection or enthusiasm
  • fans fussing over their favorite rock guitarist

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3 to make often peevish criticisms or objections about matters that are minor, unimportant, or irrelevant
  • the picky eater who fusses over the arrangement of food on his plate or who won't eat the rice if it touches the salad

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4 to use flattery or the doing of favors in order to win approval especially from a superior
  • given to fussing over her father whenever she wants a favor or some ready cash

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5 to experience concern or anxiety
  • there is no use in fussing over things that you can't control

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The first known use of fuss was in 1701

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“Fuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fuss. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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