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federal case

noun
1.
a matter that falls within the jurisdiction of a federal court or a federal law-enforcement agency.
Idioms
2.
make a federal case (out) of, Informal. to exaggerate the importance of or make an issue out of (something trivial).
Origin of federal case
1950-1955
1950-55
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  • The railroad company never could have won, and that's why they made it a federal case.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • You will have to get a certain number of names, as the petition has to go to Washington, because it was a federal case.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
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federal case

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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