to blow something out of (all) proportion

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - blow out of proportion

"to blow something out of (all) proportion"

to make a situation seem much worse than it really is


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - blow out of proportion

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why is Eugene so upset? The latest report shows only a slight downturn in the numbers. And that is normal for this time of year.

Colleague 2:  Eugene likes to blow things out of proportion. He thinks the numbers show a permanent trend.

Colleague 1:  But it is only a small downward change, right?

Colleague 2:  Exactly. The numbers improve again as we progress into the year. They always do.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - blow out of proportion

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Susan didn't say hello to me in the hallway. She must hate me.

Student 2:  Maybe she didn't see you.

Student 1:  I must have done something to upset her. Now I probably have no chance with her, ever. My life is over.

Student 2:  Don't you think you are blowing one small encounter out of all proportion? Go and talk to her on the next break. I am sure that nothing happened.

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to blow something out of (all) proportion - Gerund Form:

Blowing the news out of all proportion, he made it sound as if the world was coming to an end.

to blow something out of (all) proportion - Examples:

1)  Sometimes, certain issues are blown out of proportion, giving a wrong perception once it becomes viral and spread on the social media ...

2)  ... that what should be seen as an insignificant event is blown out of proportion by the media and latched on by political parties and figures. 

3)  ... challenges of daily life can themselves lead into more rumination and get blown out of proportion, further fueling the depression.

4)  He feels many residents are blowing things out of proportion but he does admit some students don't follow the rules.

5)  She has even blamed the media for blowing things out of proportion and trying to start a "full-blown war."

6)  ... alleging they were "blowing things out of proportion through their prejudiced campaign"...

7)  ... to call it what it is -- preliminary -- and not blow it out of proportion.

8)  When you blow it out of proportion, their future lives become difficult. Let the victims live normal lives.

9)  ... the media tend to focus on the bad, and "blow it out of proportion", as opposed to focusing on the good, "inspirational" stories.

10)  ... not doing well or had a poor grade, I wouldn't blow it out of proportion or change your weekend plans.

11)  ... on mistakes government may make and run to the media to blow it out of proportion to sound as if everything has gone that bad.

12)  ... this is how things have always been so don't blow it out of proportion.

13)  ... to find small evidence that supports our belief, and then blow it out of proportion.

14)  ... but because the media tends to blow things out of proportion to attract as many eyes as possible.

15)  ... things are cool between them but the press has chosen to blow things out of proportion.

16)  This is the reason why everyone is happy to blow things out of proportion and keep the circus in focus. The show must go on.

17)  Sometimes we blow things out of proportion and we get there and say, 'Oh, this is fine.'

18)  ... indulges in hypocrisy and doublespeak. It is their culture to blow things out of proportion to mislead the people.

19)  ... first and you just have to be focused and don't blow things out of proportion and get too caught up in the moment.

20)  ... those troublesome customers who create a fuss over trivial things and blow things out of proportion.