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Idiom
make a mountain out of a molehill
make a drama (out) of
make a meal (out) of
 
 
Meaning
exaggerate a slight difficulty so that it seems like a serious problem
 
 
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You don't need to make a mountain out of every molehill.
 
 
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It's not such a big problem! You're making a mountain out of a molehill!
 
 
Usage
Just write her a short note - don't make a meal out of it.
 
 
Usage
Oh come on, it's nothing more than a tiny bruise. You always make such a drama out of everything!
 
 
Story
The expression make a mountain out of a molehill alludes to the barely raised tunnels created by moles. Sometimes used in the form make a molehill out of a mountain to indicate something difficult has been made much easier.
 
 
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