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a storm in a teakettle

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

a tempest in a teakettle

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

ass over teakettle

vulgar slang Flipped upside down; head over heels. My poor sister just went ass over teakettle 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 teakettle—I can't believe I'm going to have to find a new job after 25 years!
See also: ass, teakettle

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, teacup

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
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