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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: montaigne, from Latin montanus, from mons; MOUNT2

mountain

noun
     
moun‧tain S3 W3 [countable]
1DNSG a very high hill:
the highest mountain in Austria
the Rocky Mountains
a steep mountain road
magnificent mountain ranges (=lines of mountains)
snow-capped mountain peaks (=tops of mountains)
a mountain rescue team (=a group of experienced climbers who help people to safety from a mountain)
She was the first British woman to climb the mountain.
2

a mountain of something/mountains of something

a very large pile or amount of something:
I've got mountains of paperwork to deal with.
Her husband went off with another woman and left her facing a mountain of debt.
3

food/butter etc mountain

PEDF a very large amount of food, butter etc that has been produced but is not needed or used [↪ lake]
4

make a mountain out of a molehill

to treat a problem as if it was very serious when in fact it is not
5

(have) a mountain to climb

British English used to say that someone has a lot of work to do to achieve their aim, especially when you believe it will be difficult
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