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The meaning and origin of the expression: Much ado about nothing

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Much ado about nothing


A great deal of fuss over nothing of importance.


Portrait of William ShakespeareThe phrase 'much ado about nothing' is of course from Shakespeare's play - Much Ado About Nothing, 1599. He had used the word ado, which means business or activity, in an earlier play - Romeo and Juliet, 1592:

"Weele keepe no great adoe, a Friend or two."

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