English Phrases : Storm in Teacup
What is the meaning of Storm in Teacup?
By Mrs. Catherine, New Zealand - 8th July-2007
Supposing a storm started brewing in your teacup. Would you get scared? Probably not. How big a storm can be created in a small teacup, anyway? Not big at all. So when you say that the commotion that someone created was a storm in a teacup, what you mean is that the excitement and commotion was over some very trivial matter. It was uproar over practically nothing.
Here are a few examples:
• The fight that Sumatra and Rosie had wasn't anything serious, just a storm in a teacup.
• Don't worry about the silly row. It was just a storm in a teacup.
Americans tend to say tempest in a teapot.
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