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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

ass over teacup/teakettle

  (American very informal!)
if you go ass over teacup, you turn upside down with your feet above your head She slipped and fell ass over teakettle down the hill.
See also: ass, teacup

a storm in a teacup

  (British & Australian)
a situation where people get very angry or worried about something that is not important (not used with the ) I think it's all a storm in a teacup - there's probably no danger to public health at all.
See also: storm, teacup

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
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