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Idioms

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
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