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federal case

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noun
  1. a matter that falls within the jurisdiction of a federal court or a federal law-enforcement agency.
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Idioms
  1. make a federal case (out) of, Informal. to exaggerate the importance of or make an issue out of (something trivial).
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Origin of federal case

First recorded in 1950–55
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