molehill

noun
mole·​hill | \ ˈmōl-ˌhil How to pronounce molehill (audio) \

Definition of molehill

: a little mound or ridge of earth pushed up by a mole

Examples of molehill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one run scored earlier appeared to be more than enough for Detroit, a molehill in the shape of a mountain the Orioles were incapable of climbing, until Trey Mancini’s solo homer in the ninth inning of the 5-1 loss. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2022 But Congress didn’t hide Mount Everest in a molehill. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 In short, the appeals court told the lawyer to pick the correct remedy and to not make a mountain out of a molehill. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2022 Even the plot’s quest appears a molehill beside it. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Help your team members to also believe in the positive qualities of hybrid work and not to make a mountain out of a molehill. Hec Paris Insights, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Correia’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, pushed back vigorously against the prosecution, suggesting the overzealous feds have made a mountain out of a molehill. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Goaltender Jonathan Bernier faced a mountain of shots compared to the molehill the Wings directed on net at the other end of the ice Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2021 The activists insist that conservatives are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. Tracey Schirra, National Review, 31 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of molehill

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2022

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“Molehill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/molehill. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for molehill

molehill

noun
mole·​hill | \ ˈmōl-ˌhil How to pronounce molehill (audio) \

Kids Definition of molehill

: a little ridge of dirt pushed up by a mole as it burrows underground

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Nglish: Translation of molehill for Spanish Speakers

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