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

Definition of molehill

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

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This is a perfect example of how media hype can spin molehills into mountains. ... Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ryan Kavanaugh Beats $110M Film Finance Fraud Suit," 8 Mar. 2018 McDonald's standard Big Mac is a molehill by comparison at 540 calories. Eli Blumenthal, ajc, "Chili’s 1,650-calorie Boss burger is a massive meat monstrosity," 22 May 2018 There's a tendency in this modern political and media environment to see everything as a mountain -- even the molehills. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "A Wednesday (and week!) to remember," 18 May 2018 The story hasn’t changed so much as it’s gone from molehill to mountain, snowball to boulder. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The fascinating potential and unrealistic pressure awaiting Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes," 11 Jan. 2018 The Democratic counter is that the memo is a one-sided partisan summary that takes investigative actions out of context in order to make mountains out of molehills. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Clamor over the Nunes ‘FISA Abuse’ Memo," 25 Jan. 2018 But not only that, let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee; let freedom ring from every hill and molehill in Mississippi - from every mountainside, let freedom ring. kansascity, "Remembering Dr. King through his words that stirred the heart — and action," 15 Jan. 2018 Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring. Author: Martin Luther King Jr. | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I have a dream’," 14 Jan. 2018 The current Tory front bench is a row of exhausted molehills. The Economist, "Meet the Conservative Party’s new torchbearers," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of molehill

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of molehill

: a small pile of dirt that is pushed up by a mole when it digs tunnels underground


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Kids Definition of molehill

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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