'Much Ado about Nothing' | Phrase Definition, Origin, & Examples
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Much Ado about Nothing


The phrase ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ is used when someone is overreacting and makes a big deal of fuss over something unimportant.

Example of use: “Some people make a big fuss about which seat they’ll get on the plane, but as far as I can see it’s much ado about nothing, since everyone will get to the same destination at precisely the same time.” 

Interesting fact

'Much Ado about Nothing' is the title of a well-known play by Shakespeare (1599). The phrase assimilated into the English language and to this day is still used in its original form.