molehill


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mole·hill

 (mōl′hĭl′)
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.

molehill

(ˈməʊlˌhɪl) or

molecast

n
1. (Zoology) the small mound of earth thrown up by a burrowing mole
2. make a mountain out of a molehill to exaggerate an unimportant matter out of all proportion

mole•hill

(ˈmoʊlˌhɪl)

n.
a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.molehill - a mound of earth made by moles while burrowingmolehill - a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing
hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound - a small natural hill
Translations
تَل خُلْدي
krtina
muldvarpeskud
vakondtúrás
moldvörpuhaugur
krtinec
köstebek tepesi

molehill

[ˈməʊlhɪl] Ntopera f
see also mountain A

molehill

[ˈməʊlhɪl] ntaupinière f
to make a mountain out of a molehill → se faire une montagne d'un rien

mole2

(məul) noun
a small burrowing animal with very small eyes and soft fur.
ˈmolehill noun
a little heap of earth dug up by a mole while tunnelling.
make a mountain out of a molehill
to exaggerate the importance of a problem etc.
References in classic literature ?
It gave me a great shock, this narrow escape, and I got on to my feet quickly, and burying the remains of my lunch under the gigantic molehill on which I had been sitting, asked myself nervously what I proposed to do next.
There IS such a thing, Sergeant, as making a mountain out of a molehill.
There is also such a thing as making nothing out of a molehill, in consequence of your head being too high to see it.
They were warlike little nations and defied, in those days, governments that overshadow them now as mountains overshadow molehills.
Surely they had better wait and see what was to happen, instead of making mountains out of molehills.
It was strange there, in the very depths of the town, with ten miles of man's handiwork on every side of us, to feel the iron grip of Nature, and to be conscious that to the huge elemental forces all London was no more than the molehills that dot the fields.
Yet it is equally true, that the same passion will sometimes make mountains of molehills, and produce despair in the midst of hope; but these cold fits last not long in good constitutions.
The indescribable interest with which I strained my eyes, as the first patches of American soil peeped like molehills from the green sea, and followed them, as they swelled, by slow and almost imperceptible degrees, into a continuous line of coast, can hardly be exaggerated.
continued Mr Meagles in an apologetic way, 'I admit as a practical man, and I am sure Mother would admit as a practical woman, that we do, in families, magnify our troubles and make mountains of our molehills in a way that is calculated to be rather trying to people who look on--to mere outsiders, you know, Clennam.
Propped up by a molehill for a tee, he then slots the ball between the posts - or more accurately, over a tractor.
It's my belief he has made a mountain out of a molehill in his desire for publicity.