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a storm in a teacup

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

a storm in a teacup

BRITISH
If you say that a situation is a storm in a teacup, you mean people are very upset or annoyed about something that is not at all important and will soon be forgotten. Parnell said that he thought the whole matter a storm in a teacup, and that it would pass quickly. Note: The usual American expression is a tempest in a teapot.
See also: storm, teacup

a storm in a teacup

great excitement or anger about a trivial matter.
A North American variant of this expression is a tempest in a teapot .
1998 Times A storm in a teacup? Who cares about a bunch of seeds?
See also: storm, teacup

a storm in a ˈteacup

(British English) (American English a tempest in a ˈteapot) (informal) a small or unimportant problem which is treated as much more serious than it really is: Don’t worry. It’s a storm in a teacup. Everyone will have forgotten about it by tomorrow.
See also: storm, teacup
References in classic literature ?
said the matron, putting away her book with the unconcerned resignation of an experienced person who foresees a storm in a teacup.
But District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said: "I think this quite frankly is, to use an oldfashioned phrase, a storm in a teacup.
Speaking about the 'Storm in a Teacup' producer Jamal Rahman said, "The True Brew Records show, Storm in a Teacup, was a bigger step forward in my pursuit of really pushing the live music scene in Pakistan, that I first started with my 'Live at True Brew' shows.
The postman refused to confirm it was his nickname with sorting office colleagues at Erdington, Birmingham, but said: "It's a storm in a teacup.
It may eventually be dismissed as a storm in a teacup, but it has been a totally avoidable storm in a teacup.
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It was a storm in a teacup, as so many people have described it.
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He further said that recent crisis is just a storm in a teacup and we would consult over allies on every issue.
It was all another storm in a teacup which happens at this level," said Holloway.
A Storm In A Teacup, Lucy Cavendish, Michael Joseph, pounds 7.
I would say to you this is a bit of a storm in a teacup.
Current reports regarding this being a storm in a teacup and the affair being a drunken kiss do not accurately reflect the situation.