For example: I heard a noise downstairs in the middle of the night and feared it was an intruder. When I checked it out, I found the noise was from a plant on my porch knocked over by the wind.

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    What a relief!
    – ermanen
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 17:15

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Sounds like a false alarm

an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize


It also sounds a bit like Macbeth's lament about all of life, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


More scared (or afraid) than hurt

She was more scared than hurt.`"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read


I like this one:

Its bark was worse than its bite.

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