Definition of federal case in English:

Share this entry

federal case


1US Law A criminal case that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
Example sentences
  • The FBI has a decentralized command structure to facilitate prosecution of federal cases at the local field-office level.
  • If a fraud scheme happens entirely in Georgia, but happens to involve one letter sent to Florida because someone was on vacation there, why does that make it legitimately a federal case?
  • The federal appeals court said there is no reason the federal case cannot go forward at the same time.
1.1 informal A matter of great concern or with dire consequences: I’m not trying to make a federal case out of this, Christine, but you’ve got to do something
More example sentences
  • We were not about to make a federal case out of it and neither did the waiter, who removed the offending dish and asked us what we would like as a replacement, no questions asked.
  • Teachers and administrators should not make a federal case out of it.
  • You don't need to make a federal case out of it!

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: fed·er·al case

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.