I want an idiom for a situation like this:

when I do a small mistake and people start telling other people that I have done a big mistake when the mistake is really small.

  • Are you only asking about a "mistake" or any issue/problem?
    – AIQ
    Jun 9, 2020 at 7:37
  • @AIQ it can be both issue/problem and mistake.
    – user116295
    Jun 9, 2020 at 7:39

1 Answer 1


Remember, we make mistakes, not do mistakes.

This idiom describes your situation the best:

Make a mountain out of a molehill:

Making a mountain out of a molehill is an idiom referring to over-reactive, histrionic behaviour where a person makes too much of a minor issue.

There are other phrases/idioms which can be used:

  1. Make a big deal out of something.
  2. Lay it on with a trowel.
  3. Blow something out of all proportion.

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