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fuss / fəs/ • n. [in sing.] a display of unnecessary or excessive excitement, activity, or interest: I don't know what all the fuss is about. ∎  a protest or dispute of a specified degree or kind: he didn't put up too much of a fuss. ∎  elaborate or complex procedures; trouble or difficulty: they settled in with very little fuss. • v. [intr.] show unnecessary or excessive concern about something: she's always fussing about her food. ∎  move around or busy oneself restlessly: beside him Kelly was fussing with sheets of paper. PHRASES: make a fuss become angry and complain. make a fuss over treat (a person or animal) with excessive attention or affection.DERIVATIVES: fuss·er n.

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