get out of proportion

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get out of proportion

: to become larger, worse, or more important (than something really is or should be)
  • Their fears have gotten (totally/completely) out of proportion.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

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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