Idiom: a storm in a teacup

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A storm in a teacup is a big fuss made about something of little importance.

Examples of use:

1. My brother and sister had a big argument about the television yesterday, but it was just a storm in a teacup.

2. News items:

a) In a case of a legal storm in a teacup, police forced a stunned magistrate to deal with a man accused of damaging a $3 plastic cup.

b) Gordon Brown dismisses leadership challenge as storm in a teacup.

3. The workers say they will work-to-rule, but we think it's a storm in a teacup.

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