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.

1400–50; late Middle English; see mole1, hill Unabridged
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molehill (ˈməʊlˌhɪl)
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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see make a mountain out of a molehill.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Conscience often stops at a molehill and leaps over a mountain.
If you've ever driven a remote-controlled car into a molehill, you can
  understand the rover's predicament.
Making a mountain out of a molehill does exactly the opposite of its intent.
Cosmology, in other words, is a mountain of theory built on a molehill of
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