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English definition of “blow sth out of proportion”

blow sth out of proportion

to treat a particular event or problem far too seriously : It's ridiculous - we have a tiny disagreement and you blow the whole thing out of proportion! Of course , when the papers get hold of a story , it's blown out of all proportion.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of blow sth out of proportion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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