Federal-case meaning

A lawsuit that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
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A major issue that has evolved from a minor problem.

Made a federal case out of our tardiness.

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Make a federal case (out) ofmake a federal case of, to overreact to or exaggerate (a problem or concern)
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(idiomatic) Any over-exaggerated ordeal.

So I didn't put the toilet seat down "” you don't have to make a federal case out of it.

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Origin of federal-case

  • 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.

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