a small mound or ridge of earth raised up by a or burrowing under the ground.
make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate a minor difficulty.
the small mound of earth thrown up by a burrowing mole
make a mountain out of a molehill, to exaggerate an unimportant matter out of all proportion
also mole-hill, mid-15c., from mole (2) + hill (n.).
To much amplifying thinges yt. be but small, makyng mountaines of Molehils. [John Foxe, “Acts and Monuments,” 1570]
see: make a mountain out of a molehill
- Make a move on someone
Related Terms put a move on someone
- Make a name for oneself
Achieve distinction, become prominent or well known, as in Martha is making a name for herself as an excellent chef . The earliest recorded use of this term was in John Wycliffe’s followers’ translation of the Bible (II Samuel 8:13): “Forsooth David made to him a name.” Also see make one’s mark
- Make an appointment
1. Assign someone to a particular office or position, as in When the head of White House security resigned, it was up to the President to make an appointment. [ Mid-1800s ] 2. Schedule a meeting with someone, as in Do I need to make another appointment with the doctor? [ Mid-1700s ]
- Make an ass of
see: make a fool of