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make a fuss
To be a nuisance or cause a disturbance by complaining, arguing, etc. (about something). At most big box stores, if you make a fuss about a product that didn't meet your expectations, you'll almost definitely get a refund. Sir, we have politely asked you to leave—please don't make a fuss.
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make a fuss(over someone or something)
1. to worry about or make a bother about someone or something. Why do you make a fuss over a problem like that? Please don't make a fuss. Everything will be all right.
2. to be very solicitous and helpful toward a person or a pet. How can anyone make a fuss over a cat? Billy was embarrassed when his mother made a fuss over him.
3. to argue about someone or something. Please don't make a fuss over who gets the last cookie. Please discuss it. Don't make a fuss over it!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
make a fuss
1. Cause a needless commotion or display, as in I'm sure he'll be here soon; please don't make a fuss. It is also often put as make a fuss about or over , as in He's making a fuss about nothing, or If you make a fuss over the small budget items, what will it be like when we discuss the big ones? The idiom dates from about 1800, although the use of fuss in this sense is a century older.
2. make a fuss over someone. Treat someone with excessive attention, solicitude, or affection, as in Whenever they visit Grandma she makes a fuss over the children. [1920s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.