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Make a mountain out of a molehill

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This expression means 'make a slight problem seem like a huge problem'. Example:

This is a minor problem. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill.

How would you express the opposite?  There are two common expressions you can use. See if you can find them:

This is a serious problem. We shouldn't .................... it ............................          (phrasal verb)

This is a serious problem. We shouldn't .......................   ...................... of it.     (expression)

 

ANSWERS: We shouldn't play it down. & We shouldn't make light of it.

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PHIL73

Hello Minoo,

I have made some research but I cannot find these expressions. 

I have an idea for the second one but I'm not sure at all, maybe: "We shouldn't get rid of it" (?)

 

 

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Minoo

Hello Phil,

Well done for trying, but 'get rid of' wouldn't express the exact opposite. 

I know finding antonyms for an expression is quite challenging. I'll wait a few more days before I give the answers in case someone else wants to give it a go. Feel free to try again yourself as well.

 

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Minoo

You're getting closer to the idea, Phil, but not yet the exact words I'm looking for.

 'put off' would work if we were to introduce the idea of a solution into the sentence:

This is a serious problem, and we shouldn't put off resolving it.

I'll give you a clue for the phrasal verb: The preposition is 'down'. Now you just need to find the verb.

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serg59

We shouldn't postpone it down. We shouldn't turn a blind eye to it (not exactly as required).

We shouldn't stay out of it. 

My options may look ridiculous but I love these riddles and look forward to the right answer 

 

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PHIL73

Hello Minoo and Serg59,

I think this is my last attempt for the phrasal verb because if it is not pull down or put down, then I'll never find the solution ever!

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Minoo

Hello Sergey,

Well done for trying. Your 'let's not turn a blind eye to it' would work.

'Stay out of it' is usually used in the positive: This isn't your problem. Stay out of it.

'postpone' was a good guess, but it's not the verb I'm looking for.

Have another go!

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Minoo

Hello Phil,

I'm afraid it's neither of those! I didn't expect this exercise to be this difficult! Sorry!

Have one more go, especially now that Sergey is in the game too.

 

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Minoo

Good guess, Sergey, but Phil finally got it: 'play down' is the answer.

Any guesses on the expression? Let me give you the first letter of each word:   m.............   l............ 

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PHIL73

Phew, finally! I don't think I'll forget those expression. Challenge is certainly one of the best ways to learn. 

And thanks to Sergey I learned the word riddle that I didn't know.

 

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