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 According to the memo, Democrats have made a mountain out of the Ukraine molehill in order to get to Trump. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Two Irreconcilable Realities of the Impeachment Hearings," 14 Nov. 2019 This turned out to be Black Butte — no slough at 6,334 feet, but a molehill compared with 14,179-foot Shasta, which appeared minutes later and absolutely towers over the forests and hills of rural Siskiyou County. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 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 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 This turned out to be Black Butte — no slough at 6,334 feet, but a molehill compared with 14,179-foot Shasta, which appeared minutes later and absolutely towers over the forests and hills of rural Siskiyou County. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of molehill

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Molehill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/molehill?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=molehi01. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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molehill

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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

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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