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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.

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  • n. Any over-exaggerated ordeal.

Etymologies

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)

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