To make a fuss over nothing
The earliest recorded reference of this expression's use is in 1529 when Richard Hyrde translated a work on the instruction of Christian women (presumably from Latin to English) and wrote 'they make great ado about many small matters'. In 1598 Shakespeare wrote Much Ado About Nothing and imprinted the phrase firmly in the English language.
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