To make a big fuss, generate a lot of unnecessary talk or activity; make a scene.
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Iranians cook up a storm in Harare: Iran's President Ali Khamenei, on the final leg of a six-nation tour in mid- January, became embroiled in what the Zimbabwe Herald termed an "unprecedented diplomatic incident" when he refused to attend a banquet held in his honor by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'cook up a storm':

cook up a stormTo do a large amount of cooking at once; to prepare a great deal of cooked food.
cook up a stormTo cause a storm.
cook up a stormTo create a stormy situation; agitate or enrage.
cook up a stormTo make a splash; to create a spectacle.
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