"Everybody in the E.U. was surprised by the fuss it provoked," said a European diplomat with knowledge of the proceedings.
The fuss over Clint Eastwood is a smokescreen, obscuring one of the most successful conventions in memory.
He seemed to survive it tonight, but it would have been far smarter to offer a self-deprecating joke about all the fuss.
1701, perhaps an alteration of force, or imitative of bubbling or sputtering sounds, or from Danish fjas "foolery, nonsense." First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but no obvious connections to Irish. To make a fuss was earlier to keep a fuss (1726).
1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.