make a mountain out of a molehill

Idiom

make a mountain out of a molehill

Definition

To make an issue appear bigger and more important than it actually is.

Examples

Don’t worry about it, you’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

He’s always making a mountain out of a molehill over the smallest things.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but some believe it dates back to the 16th century.

FAQs

Question

What does ‘make a mountain out of a molehill’ mean?

Answer

It means to make an issue appear bigger and more important than it actually is.

Question

What is an example sentence of this idiom?

Answer

Don’t worry about it, you’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

Question

When did this phrase originate?

Answer

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but some believe it dates back to the 16th century.