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- noun Law A lawsuit that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
- noun Informal A major issue that has evolved from a minor problem.
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- noun idiomatic Any
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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.
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