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a storm in a teapot

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

smash the teapot

To resume drinking alcohol after a time of sobriety. The "teapot" here is likely a reference to the term "teetotaler"—one who does not drink alcohol. A: "But Paul's been sober for years. Has he really smashed the teapot?" B: "Yes! I saw him drunkenly stumbling out of the pub last night."
See also: smash, teapot

a tempest in a teapot

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 teapot that's been stoked by a media campaign of misinformation. I really think you're making a tempest in a teapot over this. It's just a tiny scratch on the car!
See also: teapot, 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 tempest in a teapot

AMERICAN
If you describe a situation or an argument as a tempest in a teapot, you mean that people are very angry or upset about it, but it is not really important and will soon be over. He said that the argument over the painting was a tempest in a teapot. He believed that the agency's clash with the company was, in effect, a tempest in a teapot and that they would take appropriate action to calm the agency. Note: The usual British expression is a storm in a teacup.
See also: teapot, tempest
References in classic literature ?
Whether this remark bore reference to the husband, or the teapot, is uncertain.
In 1954, it no longer produced teapots, kitchenware and dinnerware and only made tiles.
In terms of design, the Yellow Teapots are inspired by the past and present; with creative nods to the 1977 RS01 and today's RS17, even going as far as using the official Renault F1 paint.
Enthusiasts at the Newcastle saleroom of auctioneers Anderson and Garland were joined by 125 online bidders from around the world for what was believed to be the biggest single collection of teapots to be sold at auction in the UK.
Fred Wyrley-Birch of Anderson and Garland with some of the 1,200 teapots which were up for auction
You can also put a modern twist on tradition by serving cocktails and bubbly in the teapots and cups.
According to traders, Tehran has already sent a major crude cargo to Chinas eastern Shandong province where a group of independent oil refiners known as teapots are situated.
From a retro geometric masterpiece to a cute and ditsy flowerpot, there are so many teapots to choose from, it might take some time, so don't let your tea go cold while you're browsing.
99, Amazon I'm so glad teapots have come back in vogue.
The arrival of the new method for preparing tea also accelerated the creation and development of the Zisha teapot and, in return, Zisha teapots are treasured for their ability to enhance the flavour, aroma and texture of tea.
It belongs to old friend Margaret Brier, of Linthwaite, and is one of the commemorative pewter teapots that were given to customers of Kirkheaton Co-op to mark its centenary in 1934.
JOSIAH WEDGWOOD had the right idea: the father of English ceramic manufacturers took home all new prototype designs of his teapots so that his wife could road test them for performance and suitability before they went into production.
It is how the composer J S Bach got it absolutely right with, say, The Goldberg Variations and it is just how Canadian ceramist Wayne Cardinalli got it right with Teapots and More.
The majority of these teapots were painted in blue and white underglaze.
From crockery to cufflinks, teapots to T-shirts, there's plenty available to help you show some patriotic pride.