Molehill Idioms – How does a molehill become a mountain?ย 

by Mar 6, 2019Poem, Poetry, Quotes and Idioms

Idioms Make a mountain out of a molehill

Idioms Make a mountain out of a mole hole

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How does a molehill become a mountain?ย 

The Idiom “Make a mountain out of a mole hole” is well known. But How does a molehill become a mountain?

Well known Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Kunst has clearly explained in her well-written article “How To Make A Mountain Out Of A Molehill” on this professional Psychology blog “Psychology Today“.

idioms make a mountain out of a molehill

idioms make a mountain out of a molehill

Dr Jennifer said “Physically speaking, a molehill becomes a mountain when an animal takes dirt from somewhere and piles it on somewhere else. Psychologically speaking, if we think metaphorically, making a mountain out of a molehill essentially is aย massive displacement of psychological dirt from one place to another. We unconsciously dig up dirty issues from one significant area of our lives and pile them on to something far more innocuous. I think this happens because it seems easier to pile a little bit of dirt somewhere else than deal with the psychological mountain itself, intimidating as that often is.”

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Molehill Idioms โ€“ How does a molehill become a mountain?


We all know idiom – Make a mountain out of a molehill. But do you know how does a molehill become a mountain?


Firstly, let’s watch an interesting video from the popular youtube channel “The New York Times” by the famous blog news web NYTimes. In the New York Time’s video “How Hard Do Moles Dig? | ScienceTake | The New York Times“,

You can see “The terrors of the lawn look as though they are swimming as they tunnel, but they put a lot of force behind their shovel-like paws.”

Thank you, “youtube\The New York Times”

Molehill Idioms โ€“ How does a molehill become a mountain?

Today’s thought: Idioms Making a mountain out of a molehill

To understand this idiom, we first need to understand what a mole is.

A mole is a small animal. It has velvety (very soft, like velvet) fur. People often think that moles are blind, but this is not true.

Moles are colorblind and do not see very well, but they are not blind.

Moles also have very strong front paws that they use to dig through the ground.

When a mole digs its tunnel and comes to the surface from underground, it throws the dirt on the ground where the tunnel comes out. This pile of dirt is called a molehill.

Moles are not very popular on golf courses ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though gardeners don’t like the molehills, the molehills are not very big.

So, when we say “to make a mountain out of a molehill”, we mean that we make a problem bigger than it really is.

In German, this is: “Aus einer Mรผcke einen Elefanten machen”. (To make an elephant out of a mosquito.)


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