Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

make a mountain out of a molehill

make a mountain out of a molehill
Meaning(s)
1) make a bigger deal of a situation than is necessary
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    • don't make a mountain out of a molehill
  • Analysis

    The idiom to make a mountain out of a molehill means to make a bigger deal out of a situation than it deserves or to give significance to something that is unwarranted. When you make a mountain out of a molehill you exaggerate how bad or how severe the impact of something is.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Just because you did badly in one exam doesn't mean you are going to fail all of them. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill
    2. David apologised for pushing the man and asked him not to make a mountain out of a molehill by getting the police involved.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Sales have been dipping slightly, but let's not make a mountain out of a molehill. We did better than expected in the previous quarter.
    2. I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill but there are a few errors in this document that call into question your expertise.
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