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federal case

a matter that falls within the jurisdiction of a federal court or a federal law-enforcement agency.
make a federal case (out) of, Informal. to exaggerate the importance of or make an issue out of (something trivial).
Origin of federal case
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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federal case

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with make a federal case of

make a federal case of

Also, make a big deal of . Give undue importance to an issue, as in I'll pay you back next week—you needn't make a federal case of it , or Jack is making a big deal of filling out his passport application . The first hyperbolic expression, almost always used in a negative context, alludes to taking a legal action before a high (federal) court. The second alludes to an important business transaction (see big deal , def. 1).
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