Definition of make a mountain out of a molehill in English:

make a mountain out of a molehill

phrase

  • Exaggerate the importance of something trivial.

    ‘a barrister must make mountains out of molehills, to find a point of law where none had previously been known to exist’
    • ‘The media is responsible for making a mountain out of a molehill and selling it to the people.’
    • ‘I don't see the huge problem, you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill here.’
    • ‘The legislator said that although he respected the caucus decision, he thought it was making a mountain out of a molehill.’
    • ‘I've visited homes where they've appeared to think the school is making a mountain out of a molehill and it's not their problem.’
    • ‘The police are making a mountain out of a molehill.’
    • ‘This was a total farce and the crew made a mountain out of a molehill.’
    • ‘Perhaps I'm making a mountain out of a molehill, but it's comments like this that make me wonder just how far feminism has come.’
    • ‘Those who are disturbed by his characterization of the First Amendment are, he implies, making a mountain out of a molehill.’
    • ‘Is the press just making a mountain out of a molehill of complicated intelligence data?’
    • ‘What am I not being told, and is it because they're afraid of sparking panic, or because the law or the media are afraid of looking like idiots for making a mountain out of a molehill?’
    exaggerate, overstate, overemphasize, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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