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 activists insist that conservatives are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. Tracey Schirra, National Review, "Defending Women’s Sports Should Be a Team Effort," 31 Mar. 2021 Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Annie shares excerpt from King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech," 19 Jan. 2021 Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi -- from every mountainside. Let freedom ring. Fox News, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech: Full text," 27 Aug. 2013 When Sue began studying the impact of microaggressions, many of his White colleagues told him his work was making a mountain out of a molehill, that microaggressions were just macro nonsense. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Racial microaggressions take a major toll on Black Americans," 4 Dec. 2020 Investors who think Vail Resorts’ business will be anything close to normal in the coming ski season risk mistaking a mountain of trouble for a molehill. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "How Vail Resorts Could Wipe Out," 24 Aug. 2020 Another local spotted a late medieval ring on top of a molehill. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Archaeological Treasures Unearthed by U.K. Residents During Lockdown," 22 July 2020 Yes, even that pile of money is but a molehill in the shadow of the mountain of economic devastation from the novel coronavirus, which has pushed 26 million Americans out of work and eaten through the $2 trillion Cares Act in a few weeks. Alex Davies, Wired, "A Coronavirus Silver Lining: Less Driving, Fewer Crashes," 27 Apr. 2020 What appears to be a molehill can easily turn into a mountain, so hold off on initiating anything new. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 7, 2020: Leo, share your dreams; Capricorn, trust and be trusted," 7 Apr. 2020

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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


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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