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The informal word ‘kerfuffle’ is chiefly used in British English to express a disturbance caused by an argument, commotion, or controversy. It is typically characterized by a lot of noise and energetic activity rather than any kind of serious violence or threatening behaviour. For that reason, it generally doesn’t refer to something serious, and can be used humorously.
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There was something of a kerfuffle in the meeting room over the proposed new directives. A number of staff members are strongly opposed to them.
From my window, I saw and heard a lot of arguing and jostling going on in the street, but I have no idea what caused the kerfuffle.
In all the kerfuffle over the controversy, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that much more serious things are going on in the world.