federal case

fed·er·al case
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l keys]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl keɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l keys]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl keɪs/

Definitions of federal case words

  • noun federal case a matter that falls within the jurisdiction of a federal court or a federal law-enforcement agency. 1
  • idioms federal case make a federal case (out) of, Informal. to exaggerate the importance of or make an issue out of (something trivial). 1
  • noun federal case (Idiomatic) Any over-exaggerated ordeal. 0

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Origin of federal case

First appearance:

before 1950
One of the 5% newest English words
First recorded in 1950-55

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Parts of speech for Federal case


federal case popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

federal case usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for federal case

noun federal case

  • big deal — If you say that something is a big deal, you mean that it is important or significant in some way.
  • much ado about nothing — a comedy (1598?) by Shakespeare.

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