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noun
an excessively elaborate or pretentious display; ostentation.
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Origin of fuss and feathers

First recorded in 1890–95

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fuss and feathers

Needless commotion and display, as in There was so much fuss and feathers over the award ceremony that I decided not to attend. This expression probably survives because of its appealing alliteration. [Mid-1800s]

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