American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small mound of loose earth raised by a burrowing mole.
- idiom. make a mountain out of a molehill To exaggerate a minor problem.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little hill, hillock, mound, or ridge of earth thrown up by moles in burrowing underground. When moles are working near the surface in search of food, the hills become tortuous ridges which may be traced sometimes for many yards with little or no interruption.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little hillock of earth thrown up by moles working under ground; hence, a very small hill, or an insignificant obstacle or difficulty.
- n. a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing
- From mole + hill. (Wiktionary)
“As I said, the policy may be ineffectual and, therefore, misguided, but criticism that makes a mountain out of a molehill is also misguided.”
“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.”
“In this fight, the Clinton camp is the more aggressive of the two, and it's adept at what might be called molehill politics: making a very big deal in the press about something that's a very small deal — such as a single word in a mailing or a slip-up by an aide.”
“I ascended this mountain, which might better be called a molehill, by a flight of a hundred and thirty steps.”
“Hey, Comrade Markey, this "molehill" was manufactured by your own "scientists" who themselves don't believe in global warming as is evidenced by their desperate need to "hide the decline.”
““Don't make mountain out of a molehill. .doesn't india's media have something else to report about???””
“I only have to make a molehill of it all by the end of the day.”
“IMHO, you are making a mountain out of a molehill.”
“A little surprised that you would accuse me of making a mountain out of a molehill over this.”
“You truly are making a mountain out of a little molehill here.”
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