make a mountain out of a molehill

This page is about the idiom make a mountain out of a molehill.

Meaning: If you make a mountain out of a molehill, you make a small problem seem to be a much bigger problem.

For example:

  • You've just got a cold so stop making a mountain out of a molehill. You're not going to die from it!

  • Come on, you only lost $10. It's not that much, so I think you might be making a mountain out of a molehill.

Quick Quiz:

I made a mountain out of a molehill when a taxi driver took a slightly longer route to make more money, and I

a. didn't realise until after we'd arrived

b. took his name and reported him to the company

c. knew what he'd done but didn't say anything

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Contributor: Matt Errey