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A small mound of loose earth raised by a burrowing mole.
make a mountain out of a molehill
To exaggerate a minor problem.
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(ˈməʊlˌhɪl) or


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
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a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a mole or moles burrowing under the ground.
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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
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تَل خُلْدي
köstebek tepesi


[ˈməʊlhɪl] Ntopera f
see also mountain A
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[ˈməʊlhɪl] ntaupinière f
to make a mountain out of a molehill → se faire une montagne d'un rien
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(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.
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The three-in-one given to Raji Fashola do not equate to one of the solid Ministries under the North's belt; not to talk of the howler given to Amaechi, a noise-maker who, of late, has taken flight to 'Afghanistan', making a mountain out of a mole hill in his native Rivers state while conveniently ignoring the pogrom by herdsmen going on all over the country.
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Aguirre said 'next time my speech will be more appropriate.' But noted that his critics are only 'making a mountain out of a mole hill.'
He said: "It is the game we are in - you can make a mountain out of a mole hill and a massive issue out of it, everyone can think it is the end of the world, everyone can feel sorry for themselves and it is all doom and gloom, but I have said I will smile and I am still smiling.