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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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Related Words for molehill

mountain, rise, hillock, shock, drift, dune, pile, bank, embankment, knoll, mass, stack, molehill, anthill, tumulus, paltriness, triviality, pettiness, nothingness, inconsequence

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Historical Examples of molehill

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with molehill

molehill

see make a mountain out of a molehill.

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