American Idioms and Expressions

Make (something) Out Of Nothing Idiom

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make (something) out of nothing
What does make (something) out of nothing mean?
make an issue out of something of little importanceMy friend always wants to make something out of nothing and fights with everyone.

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What does "kick the bucket" mean?
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What does "none of (someone's) business/beeswax" mean?
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What does "to show cause" mean?
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What does "get off (someone`s) back" mean?
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What does "let sleeping dogs lie" mean?
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What does "can't make heads or tails of something" mean?
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