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ass over teacup

vulgar slang Flipped upside down; head over heels. Primarily heard in US. My poor sister just went ass over teacup on the ice out there! I hope she isn't hurt! Finding out Bill is selling the company has turned my whole world ass over teacup—I can't believe I'm going to have to find a new job after 25 years!
See also: ass, over, teacup

a storm in a teacup

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a storm in a teacup that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a storm in a teacup over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: storm, teacup

a tempest in a teacup

A disproportionate reaction of anger, concern, or displeasure over some minor or trivial matter. If you ask me, these protests are nothing but a tempest in a teacup that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a tempest in a teacup over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: teacup, tempest

tempest in a teacup

 and tempest in a teapot
an argument or disagreement over a very minor matter. The entire issue of who was to present the report was just a tempest in a teapot. The argument at the office turned into a tempest in a teacup. No one really cared about the outcome.
See also: teacup, tempest

tempest in a teapot

Also, tempest in a teacup. A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance. For example, All that because a handful of the thousand invited guests didn't show up? What a tempest in a teapot! This expression has appeared in slightly different forms for more than 300 years. Among the variations are storm in a cream bowl, tempest in a glass of water, and storm in a hand-wash basin. The British prefer storm in a teacup. The current American forms were first recorded in 1854. For a synonym, see much ado about nothing.
See also: teapot, tempest

a storm in a teacup

BRITISH
If you say that a situation is a storm in a teacup, you mean people are very upset or annoyed about something that is not at all important and will soon be forgotten. Parnell said that he thought the whole matter a storm in a teacup, and that it would pass quickly. Note: The usual American expression is a tempest in a teapot.
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a storm in a teacup

great excitement or anger about a trivial matter.
A North American variant of this expression is a tempest in a teapot .
1998 Times A storm in a teacup? Who cares about a bunch of seeds?
See also: storm, teacup

a storm in a ˈteacup

(British English) (American English a tempest in a ˈteapot) (informal) a small or unimportant problem which is treated as much more serious than it really is: Don’t worry. It’s a storm in a teacup. Everyone will have forgotten about it by tomorrow.
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