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Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill

molehill mountain

Above, you can see a molehill (with a mole in it!) and a mountain. Idiomatically speaking, when you make a mountain out of a molehill, you turn a small problem into a big problem. For example:

Not wanting
to make a mountain out of a molehill, I explained that it was only a minor problem and nothing to worry about.
Zhen borrowed your English grammar book without asking you. So what? At least, he gave it back. Don’t
make a mountain out of a molehill.

When you
make a mountain out of a molehill you exaggerate a problem, making it seem much more significant or worse than it really is. Which of the following English expressions means the same thing?

a) to blow something out of proportion
b) to burst something out of proportion
c) to explode something out of proportion
d) to blast something out of proportion

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