make out of nothing
make (something) out of nothing
1. To raise a fuss about something minor, trivial, or unimportant; to exaggerate or put too much focus on a minor issue and make it seem like a major one. (Often uses the actual word "something.") You got one B and you're acting like you're failing the class. You're making something out of nothing, if you ask me. My opponent is trying to make a big deal out of nothing to distract voters from his own failures.
2. To create or construct something useful, valuable, worthwhile, or interesting out of very little or a combination of otherwise useless materials or parts. I thought the cupboards were nearly bare, but she managed to make a delicious meal out of nothing! My brother is so creative—give him a pile of junk, and he'll make an incredible piece of art out of nothing.
make something out of nothing
1. Lit. to create something of value from nearly worthless parts. My uncle—he sells sand—made a fortune out of nothing. My model airplane won the contest even though I made it out of scrap.
2. Fig. to make an issue of something of little importance. Relax, John, you're making a big problem out of nothing. You have no evidence. You're making a case out of nothing.