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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, over, teakettle
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When water is heated in a whistling teakettle, the water boils and steam is released.
Probably the most useful part of The Teakettle Experiment: Fire and Forest Health is the enormous number of resources available on the disk.
There seemingly is a neverending stream of ideas in Oxo's shop, as evidenced by still another marvel, the Uplift teakettle ($50).
To celebrate the 20th anniversary or the Chantal Classic Teakettle, Chantal introduced new stainless steel teakettles including the company's first entry into the ceramic teapot category.
Santoprene is used to overmold the handles of flatware from Libbey Glass (Toledo, Ohio) and the grip of a whimsical teakettle from Michael Graves & Associates (Princeton, N.
That's as hot as water in a teakettle gets before boiling.
Lording over her petite charges with one arm akimbo and the other holding a cigarette aloft, looking like a very pissed-off teakettle, she barks instructions with a mechanical weariness that all but says, What's the point?
For example, a Carolina wren often sings something that sounds like teakettle, teakettle, tea.
The water that fills a teakettle miles downstream in a city apartment is a measure of all that has gone on upstream: blizzard and drought, logging and road building, care and neglect.
Marvin landed an extra role in Henry Hathaway's USS Teakettle, and found his role expanded when Hathaway took a liking to him.
The remaining forward force of expanding gas in the meantime is splitting the bell of his trombone, peeling it back on itself, and knocking Paolo butt over teakettle off his raised seat platform.
Gus, is trying to make tea, but he has no coin to put into the meter that provides gas to heat the teakettle.
In the preface to his collection of narrative sketches, Bunte Steine ( Colored Stones, 1853), he states that a boiling teakettle interests him as much as a volcano, that in even the most trivial phenomena, provided one knows how to look at them, the universal harmony of nature may be recognized.
From stationery to cookware, kitchen design to home furnishings, it is a garden-fresh approach to color that is as successful as a textile as it is a lacquered teakettle.
I hear the turquoise teakettle shrilling, but am unable to tell in what