tempest in teacup

teacup

[tee-kuhp]
noun
1.
a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
2.
Idioms
3.
tempest in a teacup/teapot, a disturbance or uproar about little or nothing: The fight over who should become the next assistant treasurer of the organization is just a tempest in a teacup. Also, storm in a teacup.

Origin:
1690–1700; tea + cup

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teacup (ˈtiːˌkʌp)
 
n
1.  a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
2.  Also called: teacupful the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces

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