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1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation.
2. A fuss over a trifling matter.

[Probably from Spanish fanfarrón, boaster; see fanfaronade, and from French frou-frou, rustling (of imitative origin).]


rare a fuss over something trivial


(ˈfu fəˌrɔ)

1. a fuss about something very insignificant.
2. an excessive amount of decoration.
[1930–35; orig. uncertain]
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