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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
with a minimum of fuss (=with very little anxious behaviour or activity)
▪ They checked our passports with the minimum of fuss.
▪ I don't see what the big fuss is all about.
▪ Catherine, so quit making this damn big fuss, woman, fah Cyrise sake!
▪ She was probably making a big fuss about very little, said a small voice inside her.
▪ My birthday was really tough because Peter always made a big fuss of it.
▪ We don't make a big public fuss but he answers our questions, and we answer his.
▪ They all thought she was gorgeous and they were all making a big fuss.
▪ There's a great fuss going on, isn't there?
▪ Certainly the letters he had written home had made no great fuss about the child's death.
▪ Birthdays Old people either dislike having a great fuss made of their birthdays or they love every minute of it.
▪ She thought yet again: I make a great fuss of nothing, and have not suffered at all.
▪ We do make a great deal of fuss when children fail to match our expectations particularly when standards of behaviour are concerned.
▪ And if you've got more than one speaker it must be adjustable with minimum fuss.
▪ For home waxing, Immac Warm Wax, £7.99, whisks away hair with minimum fuss.
▪ This is the story that caused all the fuss.
▪ It might be partly because I didn't kick up a fuss when I lost the captaincy.
▪ Yet when pedestrianisation was first announced the city's shopkeepers, taxi drivers and disabled groups kicked up a fuss.
▪ Don't make a fuss but don't be a martyr.
▪ I do not make a fuss, I do not rant and splutter.
▪ Yes, in fact Emilou cried, and Wendi had made a fuss about the mascara on my sixty-buck shirt.
▪ He'd make an awful fuss.
▪ When you arrive, you or your advocate should make a fuss.
▪ I don't see what the big fuss is all about.
▪ Then the old female golden eagle came out into the gloom to see what the fuss was.
▪ Travellers would go miles out of their way to see what all the fuss was about.
▪ No, I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
▪ Then first one, then another and finally eight cabbies all wandered over to see what the fuss was.
▪ A decade from now we might, as you suggest, be wondering what all the fuss was about.
▪ Some visitors to the World Wide Web wonder what all the fuss is about.
▪ In the event, the Ventura users are probably wondering what all the fuss is about.
▪ Not bad, you think, but you wonder what all the fuss was about.
▪ We both pissed ourselves laughing afterwards, wondering what all the fuss was about.
▪ Spending time with them, I too began to wonder what the fuss was about.
kick up a fuss/stink/row
▪ It's financial clout that counts or, failing that, kicking up a stink.
▪ It's for your protection, so that you have the union behind you if Mellowes kicks up a stink.
▪ It might be partly because I didn't kick up a fuss when I lost the captaincy.
▪ It will still contain plenty of business and mortgage borrowers to kick up a stink about base rates.
▪ Yet when pedestrianisation was first announced the city's shopkeepers, taxi drivers and disabled groups kicked up a fuss.
no muss, no fuss
▪ It would be nice if income tax could be figured out in half an hour - no muss, no fuss.
not be fussed (about sth)
▪ Passengers strained to see what all the fuss was about.
▪ The current fuss about San Jose's proposed downtown arena has been noticed in other parts of the state.
▪ I liked the novelty and fuss and being the centre of attention.
▪ Indeed, Carville himself reacted to the fuss by sounding as though he were having second thoughts.
▪ Seb's father was a large, comfortable-looking man who did not seem disposed to make a fuss.
▪ She couldn't see why there was all this fuss, or even why her father had to get married at all.
▪ Then, later, there was all that fuss in the papers about Mark and Anne.
▪ Yes, in fact Emilou cried, and Wendi had made a fuss about the mascara on my sixty-buck shirt.
no muss, no fuss
▪ It would be nice if income tax could be figured out in half an hour - no muss, no fuss.
not be fussed (about sth)
▪ Mary Alice fussed and squirmed until she got her bottle.
▪ At the end of it is a Paris suburb, a bed with cool white linen and nuns fussing around me.
▪ Everybody fussed over his brilliance to a great degree; he was a focal point at our school.
▪ He famously fussed over his seating below the salt on Air Force One.
▪ I don't want to have Nicky Scott Wilson fussing round me like a wretched nanny while you're away.
▪ Many pairs and triplets show the relative strength of the noun: Jill fusses.
▪ Paquita fusses with the white cloth, twitching it back and forth, minutely rearranging its folds.
▪ They were people who really let themselves go on high days and holidays, not likely to fuss about anything left over.
▪ Thomasina at this time was fussing around the table.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fuss \Fuss\ (f[u^]s), n. [Cf. Fusome.]

  1. A tumult; a bustle; unnecessary or annoying ado about trifles.

    Zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise

  2. One who is unduly anxious about trifles; a fussbudget.

    I am a fuss and I don't deny it.
    --W. D. Howell.


Fuss \Fuss\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fussed; p. pr. & vb. n. Fussing.] To be overbusy or unduly anxious about trifles; to make a bustle or ado.
--Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"trifling bustle," 1701, originally colloquial, perhaps an alteration of force (n.), or "echoic of the sound of something sputtering or bubbling" [OED], or from Danish fjas "foolery, nonsense." First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but there are no obvious connections to words in Irish. To make a fuss was earlier to keep a fuss (1726). Fuss and feathers "bustle and display" is from 1848, American English, suggestive of a game cock or a peacock, originally of U.S. Army Gen. Winfield Scott (1786-1866) in the Mexican war.\n\nGen. Scott is said to be as particular in matters of etiquette and dress as Gen. Taylor is careless. The soldiers call one "Old Rough and Ready," and the other "Old Fuss and Feathers." ["The Mammoth," Nov. 15, 1848].\n


1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing. Extended form fussify is by 1832.


n. (label en countable or uncountable) Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much. 2 (context intransitive English) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something 3 (context intransitive especially of baby babies English) To cry or be ill-humoured.

  1. v. worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: niggle, fret]

  2. care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband" [syn: mother, overprotect]

  1. n. an excited state of agitation; "he was in a dither"; "there was a terrible flap about the theft" [syn: dither, pother, tizzy, flap]

  2. an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother" [syn: trouble, bother, hassle]

  3. a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery]

  4. a rapid bustling commotion [syn: bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, stir]


Fuß (German: foot) is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Benjamin Fuß (born 1990), German footballer
  • Fritz Fuß, Swiss sidecarcross racer
  • Hans Fuß (1920–1942), German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II
  • Michael Fuß (born 1977), German footballer

de:Fuß (Begriffsklärung) hu:Fuss (egyértelműsítő lap)

Category:German-language surnames

Fuss (surname)

Fuss is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Adam Fuss (born 1961), American photographer
  • Benjamin Fuss (born 1990), German football defender
  • Nicolas Fuss (1755–1826), Swiss mathematician
  • Sonja Fuss (born 1978), German football defender

Usage examples of "fuss".

The Dowager, with a magnificent disregard for the coachman and the footman, perched on the box-seat in front of her, knew no such reticence, and discoursed with great freedom on the birth of an heir to the barony, animadverting with embarrassing candour, and all the contempt of a matriarch who had brought half-a-dozen children into the world without fuss or complications, on sickly young women who fancied themselves to be ill days before their time, and ended by suffering cross births and hard labours.

They conducted their duties humbly and reticently, with a minimum of fuss, and went to great lengths not to antagonize anyone.

Vasily Petrovich, Pavlik and Auntie were shouting together, in varying stages of despair, as they fussed around the Alpine rucksacks and travelling-bag.

The Creek sisters were eager to depart, wasting little time in packing Tommy into the bed of the pickup, fussing over him with auntly concern.

Bees plunder enthusiastically, fussing and bustling in the spacious whorl of the stamens, which beflour them with yellow.

Erickson got up from where he had been fussing over the power leads to their trigger a modified betatron rather than a resonant accelerator.

After a good deal of fuss and bickering, Congress had at last approved an Act Providing a Naval Armament.

Alastair Bing, with the dignified coldness of an irritated man who thinks that a vast fuss is being made over nothing.

The next day, the men took the bears on the train and it was very amusing to Blinky to have such a fuss made of him.

She fussed with her skirt, until every inch from the waist down was covered and she looked like a respectable bridesmaid once more.

Laedo more than once observed Brio wipe a tear from his eye as he watched his daughter being fussed over by her mother.

Newt shrugged and buzzed toward the well, wondering what all the fuss was about.

Escargot, shoving odds and ends through an open hatch, turned to see who was making such a fuss, paused, caught sight of the rest of the party clambering down the path.

The afternoon and evening had proved even busier than usual, and Uncle Ben had been to see a new case of his, so had Jack Bentall and a variety of other people--path lab technicians, the lady from CSR, fussing about some packs which had gone astray, the dietetic ian who wasted a lot of valuable time fretting over steamed fish.

He fusses over the glints in the diamond pendants, the mirrored gleams of the three ropes of pearl.