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molehill

[mohl-hil]
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noun
  1. a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.
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Idioms
  1. make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate a minor difficulty.
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Origin of molehill

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mole1, hill
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British Dictionary definitions for make a mountain out of a molehill

molehill

noun
  1. the small mound of earth thrown up by a burrowing mole
  2. make a mountain out of a molehill to exaggerate an unimportant matter out of all proportion
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Word Origin and History for make a mountain out of a molehill

molehill

n.

also mole-hill, mid-15c., from mole (2) + hill (n.).

To much amplifying thinges yt. be but small, makyng mountaines of Molehils. [John Foxe, "Acts and Monuments," 1570]
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make a mountain out of a molehill in Culture

make a mountain out of a molehill

To blow an issue or event out of proportion: “You have only a small blister on your heel, but you complain as though you broke your leg. Why are you making a mountain out of a molehill?”

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Idioms and Phrases with make a mountain out of a molehill

make a mountain out of a molehill

Exaggerate trifling difficulties, as in If you forgot you racket you can borrow one—don't make a mountain out of a molehill. This expression, alluding to the barely raised tunnels created by moles, was first recorded in John Fox's The Book of Martyrs (1570).

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