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[mohl-hil] /ˈmoʊlˌhɪl/
a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.
make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate a minor difficulty.
Origin of molehill
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mole1, hill Unabridged
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  • That is often a mountain to one which is only a molehill to another.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • I was a little nettled at having been scared for a molehill.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The newspapers got hold of it and are making a mountain out of a molehill.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • He saw now, or thought he saw, that he had been making a mountain out of a molehill.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • I soon found my pride was a molehill and my love a mountain.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Oh, it's absurd, you're making a mountain out of a molehill.

    East of Suez William Somerset Maugham
  • A mountain crowned by a molehill could not have looked more ridiculous.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for molehill


the small mound of earth thrown up by a burrowing mole
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 molehill

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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