Definition 2024


storm in a tea-kettle



storm in a tea-kettle (plural not attested)

  1. Alternative form of storm in a teacup: synonym of tempest in a teapot
    • 1887, Henry Theophilus Finck, Romantic Love and Personal Beauty
      But this momentary ebullition of feeling is but a storm in a tea-kettle compared to the ferocity of a jealous lover seeking to devour his rival.
    • 1908, The Parliamentary Debates
      Altogether this was rather a storm in a tea-kettle.
    • 1992, Linda Goodman, Linda Goodman's Love Signs
      The Pisces ability to shrug complacently when things go wrong, refuse to make mountains out of molehills, stir up a storm in a teakettle, or cut down a beanstalk for no reason...leaving poor Jack to fall to the ground with a such a lovely thing.
    • 1999, Izaak Mansk, Emil Brut
      So, I feel sure, and Mr. Willoughby also, that what we have now is a “storm in a tea-kettle”, so he called it today on the telephone to me, and he is the specialist, the famous nephrologist, who knows intimately Mr. Hartman’s case.