Idiom – Storm In A Teacup

English Idiom – Storm in a teacup.

Meaning – A small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion. A lot of fuss over a trivial matter. This expression is used when something has been blown out of proportion.

This is a British English idiom. The American equivalent is Tempest in a teapot. A tempest is a violent storm.

A similar idiom to this is much ado about nothing. This expression can be used when you think someone is overreacting.

Weather idioms:

There are lots of popular idioms about the weather. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Four sheets to the wind – Very drunk.
  • It never rains but it pours – This expression is used when a lot of bad things happen at the same time.
  • On cloud nine – Extremely happy.
  • Raining cats and dogs – Raining very heavily.
  • Snowed under – Very busy with work.
  • Storm out – Leave angrily.
  • Take a rain check – To decline an invitation, but you would like to rearrange for a later date.
  • Under the weather – To feel ill.


When could you use this idiom?

  • If somebody is worrying about something that is not serious.
  • When you think a person is making a big deal about a minor issue.
  • If someone is upset about something trivial.


  • “I don’t know why they are making such a big deal about the fight last night. It was just a storm in a teacup!”

In The News:

Adani issue a ‘storm in a tea cup’


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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