Definition of a storm in a teacup in English:

a storm in a teacup

phrase

British
  • Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.

    • ‘The row makes a storm in a teacup look gargantuan and says much about national pride, international rivalry, the need to justify hugely-expensive research establishments and even, perhaps, the egos of the experimenters.’
    • ‘I do not propose to comment on the article as the sooner this storm in a teacup is forgotten the better.’
    • ‘In face of such gloating by the political right, several newspapers have insisted that the whole affair is a storm in a teacup.’
    • ‘It wasn't corruption, but it wasn't a storm in a teacup either.’
    • ‘Even if it did happen such incidents are commonplace on the training fields of the land, a storm in a teacup quickly sorted and set aside by practical managers.’
    • ‘The other European powers made great play of belittling US fears and giving the appearance that this was a storm in a teacup.’
    • ‘It seems a bit of a storm in a teacup to an outsider but maybe within his own professional group it was important to him.’
    • ‘In my opinion, the whole thing is just a storm in a teacup.’
    • ‘On the other hand, some of the ‘stories’ that have caused a great deal of excitement are no more than a storm in a teacup.’
    • ‘All this furore about same-sex marriages seems a storm in a teacup to me.’
    ado, excitement, agitation, uproar, to-do, stir, commotion, confusion, disturbance, tumult, hubbub, rigmarole, folderol, brouhaha, furore, storm in a teacup, much ado about nothing
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