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make a federal case out of something

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make a federal case out of something

verb phrase

To overemphasize the importance of something; exaggerate or overreact; blow up: I merely bought a new car, so don't try to make a Federal case out of it

[1950s+; popularized after being spoken by a judge in the 1959 movie Anatomy of a Murder]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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