make 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).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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