Definition of molehill in English:

molehill

noun

  • A small mound of earth thrown up by a mole burrowing near the surface.

    • ‘That would be much more helpful than removing molehills from a sports field.’
    • ‘The house looked bland and there was nothing in the garden except molehills.’
    • ‘The sight of new molehills here and there reminded me of an old farm worker I knew who was a good hand at catching moles.’
    • ‘All summer there have been molehills in the orchard.’
    • ‘Moles were doing the Chalkland Way, leaving molehills of white-flecked soil.’
    • ‘It is quite common to see moles covered in soil after pushing there way through molehills but have you ever actually seen a muddy fox?’
    • ‘Cod Beck carries on, squirting from beneath a sloping earthen dam, which had a few molehills, and then gurgling into a wooded ravine.’
    • ‘It is also mercifully free of molehills, which are the scourge of our sandy garden.’
    • ‘Featuring all the worst aspects of a neglected garden on one side of the fence, including dandelions, thistles, and molehills, it had a beautiful cottage garden on the other.’
    • ‘We had set off on a romp and a ramble through tangly woods and snow dusted fields and had found ourselves standing on molehills and wondering just exactly where we were.’
    • ‘As if disturbed by the mere threat of either of these cures, our moles have been quiet for a few days, but I will certainly try them out should the molehills start to reappear.’
    • ‘Their neighbour agreed, saying: ‘The embankment is full of molehills.’’
    • ‘Some racers struggled up the final climb, even though it was a molehill compared to the high mountain passes that must be scaled in the Alps.’
    • ‘Moles don't dig new tunnels each time they forage, and in fact a very active mole territory may sport very few molehills.’
    • ‘The way to find microliths (small Mesolithic flint barbs), he said, was to search springtime molehills.’
    • ‘Go down to the field (if you find fields on the side of the river then even better) and look for some molehills.’
    • ‘Pupils from Cawood Primary School joined in the scheme when they helped sift through molehills looking for artefacts.’
    • ‘Here's more advice for those of us who suffer from moles and molehills in our lawns, this time from the Garden Centre, near Preston.’
    • ‘Landowners have been struggling to control a mole epidemic which has resulted in an explosion in the number of molehills.’
    • ‘But my invisible friend still works at night despite the cold; one of the molehills is snowless, dark and fresh between two frosty bottles.’

Phrases

  • make a mountain out of a molehill

    • Exaggerate the importance of something trivial.

      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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 legislator said that although he respected the caucus decision, he thought it was making a mountain out of a molehill.’
      • ‘This was a total farce and the crew made a mountain out of a molehill.’
      • ‘The media is responsible for making a mountain out of a molehill and selling it to the people.’
      • ‘The police are making a mountain out of a molehill.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I don't see the huge problem, you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill here.’
      • ‘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.’
      exaggerate, overstate, overemphasize, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
      embellish, embroider, colour, elaborate, over-elaborate, oversell, overdraw, overplay, dramatize
      hyperbolize, add colour, stretch the truth
      overpitch
      pile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a shovel, lay it on with a trowel, blow something out of all proportion, make a drama out of a crisis, make a big thing of
      shoot a line
      draw the longbow
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Pronunciation:

molehill

/ˈmōlˌhil/