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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
1400-50; late Middle English; see mole1, hill Unabridged
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  • The only thing we could find was a molehill, so we delved our way into that.

  • The newspapers got hold of it and are making a mountain out of a molehill.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • One day I saw a hippopotamus tread upon a molehill; he crushed it utterly.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • Evidently, Peter Vanrenen was not a man to create a mountain out of a molehill.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur Louis Tracy
  • He saw now, or thought he saw, that he had been making a mountain out of a molehill.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • Oh, it's absurd, you're making a mountain out of a molehill.

    East of Suez William Somerset Maugham
  • If you choose to make a mountain out of a molehill, you choose to make a mistake which the Executive Committee will not repeat.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
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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