to make a mountain out of a molehill

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - make a mountain out of a molehill

"to make a mountain out of a molehill"

to make a ​slight ​difficulty ​seem like a ​serious ​problem


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make a mountain out of a molehill

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: What's the big deal? So a few pencils and paper clips are missing. I think the boss is making a mountain out of a molehill.

Colleague 2:  Perhaps a few small office supplies going missing in not very important but what happens if the stealing escalates into bigger items?

Colleague 1:  If that happens, then the boss is justified.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make a mountain out of a molehill

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  You have a fever. I think you should stay home from work. You could be getting very sick.

Husband:  It's only a slight fever. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. It's nothing.

to make a mountain out of a molehill - Usage:


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to make a mountain out of a molehill - Gerund Form:

Making a mountain out of a molehill is what journalists do to make the news more interesting.

to make a mountain out of a molehill - Examples:

1)  ... feel can take things the wrong way or make a mountain out of a molehill but not being upfront is almost always a recipe for disaster.

2)  Well I do not want to make a mountain out of a molehill here, girls, but I can't let you get away with that.

3)  I am not the sort to make a mountain out of a molehill. I am very straightforward. I will always be honest with my ...

4)  ... their best to ridicule me. They make a mountain out of a molehill. They just want to rubbish me.

5)  Folks are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill and dig for connections that aren't there.

6)  They are making a mountain out of a molehill. Your flashbacks are normal experiences.

7)  ... differently interpreted by various people, somewhat similar to making a mountain out of a molehill.

8)  One of them complained to me the media is making a mountain out of a molehill. People die all the time in floods, cyclones and earthquakes.

9)  ... experienced embarrassing little incidents. Others thought I was making a mountain out of a molehill, that I just had to be more careful to prevent such accidents!

10)  ... bit harder to refute, it still amounts to making a mountain out of a molehill. Even the EPA admits that the threat to humans from modern-day landfills is virtually ...

11)  You're making a mountain out of a molehill. Why don't you just move on?

12)  ... isn't dangerous and the PR people were "making a mountain out of a molehill." He asked Burson directly who was paying them to spread this stuff ...

13)  ... constantly accusing the Grauniad of making a mountain out of a molehill. "This is a non-story" was a favourite posting of several apologists.

14)  The lady is making a mountain out of a molehill and needs to calm down.

15)  ... bad thoughts and that it's just my anxiety making a mountain out of a molehill.

16)  I was under the impression that he was making a mountain out of a molehill - little did I realise that his complaints were grounded in fact and reality!

17)  ... we may be told that we are making a mountain out of a molehill, imagining things, too sensitive, can't take a joke, too serious ...

18)  Am I making a mountain out of a molehill or should I complain to the appropriate authorities about the above?

19)  I am not sure why you are making a mountain out of a molehill. What relevance does Dr.Balchandran's comment have on the peace talks?

20)  It's probably making a mountain out of a molehill, but it's tiny drops that make an ocean over time.