molehill

[ mohl-hil ]
/ ˈmoʊlˌhɪl /

noun

a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.

Idioms for molehill

    make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate a minor difficulty.

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
/ (ˈməʊlˌhɪl) /

noun

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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Culture definitions for make a mountain out of a molehill

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 (1 of 2)

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).

Idioms and Phrases with make a mountain out of a molehill (2 of 2)

molehill

see make a mountain out of a molehill.

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