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.
My rationale was to put it in as many heads as possible at the RNC that their operative’s key role in the New Hampshire fiasco would become the stuff of raging headlines and shock-feigning editorials if they let the Democrats make a federal case out of it.