Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill
Above, you can see a ❛molehill❜ (with a mole in it!) and a ❛mountain❜. Idiomatically speaking, when you make a mountain out of a molehill, you ❛turn a small problem into a big problem❜. For example:
Not wanting to make a mountain out of a molehill, I explained that it was only a minor problem and nothing to worry about.
Zhen borrowed your English grammar book without asking you. So what? At least, he gave it back. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
When you make a mountain out of a molehill you ❛exaggerate a problem, making it seem much more significant or worse than it really is❜. Which of the following English expressions means the same thing?
a) to blow something out of proportion
b) to burst something out of proportion
c) to explode something out of proportion
d) to blast something out of proportion
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