blow out of proportion


: to cause (something) to become larger than it should be or to be treated as something worse or more important than it really is
You are blowing things (all/way) out of proportion.
The story was blown out of proportion in the newspapers.

Examples of blow out of proportion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because elections will almost always be beset by small human or technical errors, which partisans or critics tend to blow out of proportion. Steven Rosenfeld, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 And yet that's exactly what has happened thanks to the people in power, like Greene, who are ignoring the need for masks, and have reduced the issue to an inconsequential personal preference that the left is trying to blow out of proportion. Elly Belle,, 13 Nov. 2020

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“Blow out of proportion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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