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fuss (around) with (someone or something)

To continually fiddle with something, often nervously and unnecessarily. Stop fussing with your hair, honey—it looks great. After I'm done a painting, I don't like to fuss around with it.
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kick up a fuss

To be a nuisance or cause a disturbance by complaining, arguing, etc. At most big box stores, if you kick up a fuss about a product that didn't meet your expectations, you'll almost definitely get a refund.
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make a fuss of (someone or something)

To give someone or something an inordinate amount of attention, affection, or praise. I can't stand the way everyone makes a fuss of her whenever she walks into the room. I think it's a bit bizarre that so many people are making such a fuss of a new smartphone. It's just another piece of technology!
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make a fuss over (someone or something)

To give someone or something an inordinate amount of attention, affection, or praise. I can't stand the way everyone makes a fuss over her whenever she walks into the room. I think it's a bit bizarre that so many people are making such a fuss over a new smartphone. It's just another piece of technology!
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be not fussed (about someone or something)

To not have strong feelings, either positive or negative, about someone or something. A: "Do you still want to try and go to the match tomorrow?" B: "I'm not fussed, to be honest. It would be nice to spend the day with you." A: "Would you like beef or chicken for dinner?" B: "You decide, I'm not fussed either way."
See also: fuss, not, someone

fuss about

 and fuss around
to go about complaining; to move about in a busy manner. Don't fuss about so much. Things will take care of themselves. Now, stop fussing around and sit down.
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fuss about someone or something

to complain about someone or something. What are you fussing about now? Are you still fussing about Tony?
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fuss and feathers

Rur. fancy addictions that are overdone or troublesome. A truly elegant dress doesn't have a lot of fuss and feathers. They ruined a nice room with all that fuss and feathers.
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fuss (around) with someone or something

to keep bothering with someone or something; to fiddle with someone or something. Don't fuss around with it. We'll have to get a new one. Don't fuss with your children. They will get along just fine without all that attention.
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fuss at someone or something

to complain at someone. Stop fussing at me! The squirrel is fussing at the dog.
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fuss over someone or something

to go to a lot of bother about someone or something. My aunt always fusses over me and my sister. You spend a lot of time fussing over your hair.
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kick up a fuss

 and kick up a row; kick up a storm
Fig. to become a nuisance; to misbehave and disturb (someone). (Row rhymes with cow. Note the variations in the examples.) The customer kicked up such a fuss about the food that the manager came to apologize. I kicked up such a row that they told me to leave. Oh, what pain! My arthritis is kicking up a storm.
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land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss

 and land too poor to raise a racket on
Rur. land where nothing will grow. I inherited two hundred acres from my uncle, but it's land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. The soil's exhausted. That land is so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. Jill can grow a garden anywhere, even on land too poor to raise a racket on.
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make a fuss

 (over someone or something)
1. to worry about or make a bother about someone or something. Why do you make a fuss over a problem like that? Please don't make a fuss. Everything will be all right.
2. to be very solicitous and helpful toward a person or a pet. How can anyone make a fuss over a cat? Billy was embarrassed when his mother made a fuss over him.
3. to argue about someone or something. Please don't make a fuss over who gets the last cookie. Please discuss it. Don't make a fuss over it!
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fuss and feathers

Needless commotion and display, as in There was so much fuss and feathers over the award ceremony that I decided not to attend . This expression probably survives because of its appealing alliteration. [Mid-1800s]
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kick up a fuss

Also, kick up a row or storm . Create a disturbance; start a fight. For example, The soup was cold, and Aunt Mary began to kick up a fuss, calling for the manager, or There's no need to kick up a row; the boys will leave quietly, or If they fire him, Carl is ready to kick up a storm. These expressions all employ kick up in the sense of "raise dust or dirt," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
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make a fuss

1. Cause a needless commotion or display, as in I'm sure he'll be here soon; please don't make a fuss. It is also often put as make a fuss about or over , as in He's making a fuss about nothing, or If you make a fuss over the small budget items, what will it be like when we discuss the big ones? The idiom dates from about 1800, although the use of fuss in this sense is a century older.
2. make a fuss over someone. Treat someone with excessive attention, solicitude, or affection, as in Whenever they visit Grandma she makes a fuss over the children. [1920s]
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kick up a fuss (or a stink)

register strong disapproval; object loudly to something. informal
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a ˌfuss about ˈnothing

a lot of anger or worry about something that is not important: She complained about her food twice in the restaurant. She was making a lot of fuss about nothing — I thought everything was fine.
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make a ˈfuss of/over somebody/something

pay a lot of attention to somebody/something; show concern, affection, etc. for somebody/something: It’s sometimes quite pleasant being ill, with people making a fuss of you all the time.

not be ˈfussed (about somebody/something)

(British English, informal) not mind about something; not have feelings about something: It’d be good to go there, but I’m not that fussed.
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kick up a ˈfuss, ˈrow, etc.

(informal) complain very noisily and loudly about something: He kicked up a real fuss about the slow service in the restaurant.Every time her newspaper arrives late, she kicks up a fuss.
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fuss over

To handle or deal with something or someone in an overly attentive or nervous way: Don't fuss over every detail—just get the main idea across for now. The grandparents fussed over their new grandchild.
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fuss with

To handle or manipulate something excessively and unnecessarily, especially when overly concerned or nervous: The contestants fussed with their outfits before the pageant began.
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I DO not normally write to newspapers but would like to reply to Gillian Harris regarding the fuss being made about the closure of Marks and Spencers in Nuneaton (Letters, August 11).
IN the Examiner's report about the great crested newts near the new Tesco site in Scissett (July 27), you report that the Tesco survey found no newts, but that the local council then did find evidence of them because, according to the Tesco spokeswoman, there was 'some fuss from local people.
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Perhaps like this gentlemen they don't want to create a fuss or they feel embarrassed or worried about the consequences.
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