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make a mountain out of a molehill

To exaggerate or put too much focus on a minor issue and make it seem like a major one. You got one B and you're acting like you're failing the class. You're making a mountain out of a molehill, if you ask me. This is a minor setback. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill.
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make a mountain out of a molehill

Cliché to make a major issue out of a minor one; to exaggerate the importance of something. Come on, don't make a mountain out of a molehill. It's not that important. Mary is always making mountains out of molehills.
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make a mountain out of a molehill

Exaggerate trifling difficulties, as in If you forgot you racket you can borrow one-don't make a mountain out of a molehill. This expression, alluding to the barely raised tunnels created by moles, was first recorded in John Fox's The Book of Martyrs (1570).
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make a mountain out of a molehill

If someone makes a mountain out of a molehill, they talk or complain about a small, unimportant problem as if it is important and serious. The company's CEO has blamed the media for making a mountain out of a molehill. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill — it's really not a big deal.
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make a mountain out of a molehill

foolishly or pointlessly exaggerate the importance of something trivial.
The contrast between the size of molehills and that of mountains has been made in this and related expressions since the late 16th century.
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make a ˌmountain out of a ˈmolehill

(disapproving) make a small or unimportant problem seem much more serious than it really is: It’s not such a big problem! You’re making a mountain out of a molehill!
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make a mountain out of a molehill

To exaggerate a minor problem.
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Following the molehills in Clare's poetry, I have found that while each molehill erupts within a singular place, all the molehills tend to situate the speaker in a nexus of flourishing common life that ignores the boundaries of private property.
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If I'm honest, I was frustrated and angry when I saw it, but until you get the full story, it just might be someone trying to cause mischief and a mountain out of a molehill, I don't know.
However it is important not to make a mountain out of molehill.
It would be easy to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Personally, I think she was making a mountain out of a molehill.
Now a new threat looms which, if ignored, will make the fridge mountain look like a molehill in comparison.