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fuss and feathers

an excessively elaborate or pretentious display; ostentation.
Origin of fuss and feathers
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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fuss and feathers

Needless commotion and display, as in There was so much fuss and feathers over the award ceremony that I decided not to attend. This expression probably survives because of its appealing alliteration. [ Mid-1800s ]
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