from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law An action or cause that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
- n. Informal A major issue that has evolved from a minor problem: made a federal case out of our tardiness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any over-exaggerated ordeal.
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. (Wiktionary)