blow out of proportion

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

blow play
  1. : to be in motion

  2. : to move with speed or force

  3. : to move or run quickly

  1. : an instance of air moving with speed or force : a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

  2. : brag, boasting

  3. : an act or instance of blowing (see 1blow)

  1. : flower, bloom

  1. : blossoms

  2. : bloom:2

  1. : a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body (such as the fist) or with an instrument

  2. : a hostile act or state : combat

  3. : a forcible or sudden act or effort : assault

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

proportion play
  1. : harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole : balance, symmetry

  2. : proper or equal share

  3. : quota, percentage

  1. : to adjust (a part or thing) in size relative to other parts or things

  2. : to make the parts of harmonious or symmetrical

  3. : apportion, allot


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