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tempest in a teapot

US (UK storm in a teacup)
a lot of unnecessary anger and worry about a matter that is not important
(Definition of tempest in a teapot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tempest in a teapot

something of no importance that causes a great deal of excitement or trouble: It seemed like an innocent remark, but it set off a tempest in a teapot.
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