Learner's definition of FEDERAL CASE
a legal case that will be decided in a U.S. federal court
make a federal case out of
to become very upset or angry about (something that is not important)
I agree that he shouldn't have said that, but there's no reason to make a federal case out of it. [=make a big deal about it]
Do you have to make a federal case out of it every time I come home late?