much ado about nothing


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much ado about nothing

Cliché a furor over something unimportant. (The name of a Shakespeare play.) All this arguing is much ado about nothing.
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much ado about nothing

a lot of trouble or excitement about something that is not important His opponents have questioned his role in obtaining the contract, but he claims he did nothing wrong, and that it's much ado about nothing.
Etymology: from the title of a play by William Shakespeare
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much ado about nothing

a lot of trouble and excitement about something which is not important
Usage notes: Much Ado about Nothing is the title of a famous play by Shakespeare.
People have been getting very upset about the seating arrangements for the Christmas dinner, but as far as I'm concerned it's all much ado about nothing.
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much ado about nothing

A big fuss over a trifle, as in Jerry had everyone running around looking for his gloves-much ado about nothing. Although this expression is best remembered as the title of Shakespeare's comedy, the phrase much ado was already being used for a big commotion or trouble in the early 1500s.
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8) In italicizing elements drawn from the idioms of literary romance and decontextualizing them through incongruous juxtapositions, Much Ado About Nothing veers away from the sort of assimilation for which Shakespeare is praised and exposes the rough edges of its own fictive world, or, rather, exposes itself as a world of rough edges, of dissidences that give voice to the margins of a discourse and undo, to recall Derrida's coinage, its "unicity.
Asked to comment on the recent controversy about a Catholic priest being passed over as the new House chaplain, Jesuit Father Robert Drinan says he thinks the charges of anti-Catholicism are much ado about nothing.
Although 60 percent of MOF-5 is empty space, there seems little risk that chemists' enthusiasm is much ado about nothing.
Other Shakespeare-inspired dance pieces I haven't seen include Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.
com CATHERINE VONLEDEBUR Much Ado About Nothing KENILWORTH CASTLE, WARWICKSHIRE CHAPTERHOUSE Open Air Theatre Company is celebrating its 15th year of touring by bringing to life some of literature's best loved classics in six family-friendly outdoor performances.
Much Ado About Nothing will be staged in the Garden Theatre, adjoining Calderstones Mansion House, from June 12-14.
She makes a strong argument pointing out that in romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing there are arranged marriages, strong family ties and an even stronger sense of family honour.
First up is Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which runs there until Sunday.
IF either of you know any inward impediment why you should not be conjoined, I charge you on your souls to utter it, says Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing at the one point in a wedding ceremony when nobody wants to hear the words "I do".
Festival Players Theatre Company is touring with Much Ado About Nothing.
Performers from the Manchester Acting Company worked with Year 8, 9 and 10 students to re-create comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Much Ado About Nothing, Antony And Cleopatra and The Tempest - all staged at the festival in Stratford-upon-Avon - will move to the Novello Theatre.
In the end, it all proves to be much ado about nothing, and the play ends with a double wedding, proving that "the course of true love never did run smooth.