make a mountain out of a molehill

molehill

[mohl-hil]
noun
1.
a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.
Idioms
2.
make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate a minor difficulty.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see mole1, hill

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molehill (ˈməʊlˌhɪl)
 
n
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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make a mountain out of a molehill definition


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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make a mountain out of a molehill

Exaggerate trifling difficulties, as in If you forgot you racket you can borrow onedon'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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