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Definition a violent commotion or disturbance — especially a violent storm or emotional outburst

The expression tempest in a teapot is often used to described people being upset over an unimportant matter.
  • a tempest swept over the island
  • Shakespeare's The Tempest features a storm created by the character, Prospero.
  • it was only a tempest in a teapot
  • When first I rais'd the tempest
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • tempest = violent storm
  • Thousands of voices repeated the benediction; thousands of men prostrated themselves like trees before a tempest.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • tempest = violent storm
  • He could not confront again the loneliness and the tempest.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • You're about as tempest-tossed as they come.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Then was Babbitt caught up in the black tempest.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • If thou callest me that ill-name, I shall tell him of thee, and he will chase thy ship with a tempest!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Its mane flickered as it circled around the empty pool, its hooves causing miniature thunderstorms—tempests—whenever they touched.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • If after every tempest came such calms, may the winds blow till they have wakened death.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • But it is as if there is a tempest in my mind, and I cannot see through the murk of it.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • It might be a tempest in a teapot, but it might well be something *more.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • It was like coming suddenly upon some wild sight of nature—a mountain forest lashed by a tempest, a ship tossed about upon a stormy sea.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The southern wind Doth play the trumpet to his purposes; And by his hollow whistling in the leaves Foretells a tempest and a blustering day.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • The one who came from farthest to my lodge, through deepest snows and most dismal tempests, was a poet.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It was not long before he found an opportunity, when they had passed to the music of "The Tempest."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • They sat side by side, both mournful and dejected, as though they had been cast up by the tempest alone on some deserted shore.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The powwow and racket were prodigious; it was a tempest of riot and confusion and thick-falling blows.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet

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