One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A violent windy storm.
storm, squallturmoil, tumult, turbulence, ferment, disturbance, disorder, chaos, upheaval, disruption, commotion, uproar, storm, furoreView synonyms
- ‘The first thing I noticed as we approached the front door was that outside seemed to be caught up in a violent tempest.’
- ‘It came from their grandfather - a man who failed to outrun one of the tempests that periodically hit the coast long before the twins were born.’
- ‘So they designed a form of government - and particularly the Senate - that would be slow to act or react to the passing public tempests.’
- ‘The wind was now practically a tornado, leaves and twigs caught up in its ever-circling tempest.’
- ‘Clapping gave way in an instant to the booming thunder as all turned from the singer to behold the tempest in the sky.’
- ‘There wasn't any thunder or lightning, just rain, but it was quite a tempest nonetheless.’
- ‘Calm seas and easy winds do not test a ship's worthiness, but it is the tempest and the hurricane that show her true metal.’
- ‘He enjoys the experience of being in the center of the windstorm for it is the only calm part of the tempest.’
- ‘News of the unusual discovery is stirring up a tempest among scientists, who are studying the storm to find out how it formed.’
- ‘The heavy tempests shook the foundation of the Tang Dynasty, its former military glory and pride crumbling into the depths of mere fantasies.’
- ‘Abruptly following, a hoard of men appeared on the ridge, and with a howl like a raging tempest, chaos erupted.’
- ‘The ancient Maya Indians - who had their heyday in Mexico and Central America from about A.D.250 to 900-had more than a passing familiarity with the tempests that regularly howled off the Atlantic.’
- ‘They bravely endured these tempests and continued to fight valiantly across the turbid depths to reach their goal…’
- ‘The weather seemed to be a pretense for a storm, windy and hinting toward a tempest.’
- ‘His mind had been too occupied to notice the raging tempest that was taking place up deck.’
- ‘And so, I submissively give in at this stage and let the winds of politics blow all around me without seeking to alter the course of the raging seas and tempests that may lie ahead.’
- ‘Exotic coasts are often littered with old shipwrecks because of the frequent tempests that have ravaged them in times past - which means they probably still suffer them today.’
- ‘We rope the house to trees along the shore to prevent it from drifting away when we are buffeted by strong winds during the area's frequent tempests.’
- ‘Back on the streets of Edinburgh, she bids a cheery farewell, braces her brolly against the raging tempest and heads for the shops.’
- ‘Inside the sounds of the growing tempest were muffled, but the echo of the wind racking against the rusted metal was not.’
a tempest in a teapot (or teacup)
Great anger or excitement about a trivial matter.
- ‘In reality, the firestorm of publicity engulfing Gaughan was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.’
- ‘In truth, this whole point seems like a tempest in a teapot.’
- ‘I find the discussions interesting, but it is a tempest in a teapot, ultimately irrevelant.’
- ‘A review of the registration process might prove whether this is a tempest in a teapot.’
- ‘A more valid criticism, perhaps, is that the report is a tempest in a teapot.’
- ‘The dispute here is a tempest in a teapot created by impoverished healthcare budgets that make the above steps unaffordable.’
- ‘To some in this small town, it's a tempest in a teapot that smacks of partisan politics.’
- ‘Well, it turned out to be a tempest in a teapot.’
- ‘"It's a tempest in a teapot," he said.’
- ‘Bethel further said that it was a tempest in a teapot that would blow over.’
Middle English: from Old French tempeste, from Latin tempestas ‘season, weather, storm’, from tempus ‘time, season’.
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