federal casefederal case
Informal make a federal case (out) of, to overreact to or exaggerate (a problem or concern)
Origin of federal casein reference, refer to a federal court case
- Law A lawsuit that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
- Informal A major issue that has evolved from a minor problem: made a federal case out of our tardiness.
In the United States of America, courts with federal jurisdiction generally are for much more serious offenses than those whose cases are heard by local courts.