from the sublime to the ridiculous

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From something exceptional or beautiful to something odd or trivial. I was disappointed by the ending to that play—it unfortunately took things from the sublime to the ridiculous.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous (is only a step)

(It is very easy to go) from being very grand, sophisticated, beautiful, or uplifting to being silly, foolish, or absurd. The night went from the sublime to the ridiculous when the opera singer was followed by a ventriloquist. The film sets the story of King Lear in a modern-day fast-food restaurant empire. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the subˌlime to the riˈdiculous

used to describe a situation in which something serious, important or of high quality is followed by something silly, unimportant or of poor quality: His works as an artist range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with very little in between. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step is a translation of a phrase that was first said by Napoleon Bonaparte.
See also: ridiculous, sublime
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FROM the sublime to the ridiculous, the comic genius that was Ken Dodd also left us this week.
The responses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, with all manner of racing personalities getting involved.
The situation with Liverpool corners and set-pieces in general has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
We seem to lurch from the sublime to the ridiculous with alarming regularity.
The two most recent of those assignments lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous - a 5-1 Ricoh rout of Walsall in December 2012 when a rare Cyrus Christie strike supplemented doubles from Carl Baker and David McGoldrick as City shrugged off an early own-goal from Blair Adams, and a 4-1 midweek defeat at Oldham last October when James Maddison's first senior goal for the Sky Blues was scant consolation for a dire display.
Meanwhile, from the sublime to the ridiculous, one caterer reveals: "I have my salmon man, who smokes his salmon and plays live jazz music to it to make the salmon taste better.
And from the sublime to the ridiculous some modern cars have horribly bright lights that hurt your eyes.
But you can go from the sublime to the ridiculous, from a lick of emulsion to a full-on decor scheme.
Shell-shocked Ipswich manager Paul Jewell said: "We've gone from the sublime to the ridiculous this week.
It's goes from the sublime to the ridiculous here with customer service.
Awards - a collection of golden garden gnomes - were presented to nine brave performers whose acts ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.
In fact opening 22 minutes saw four weird and wonderful goals which went from the sublime to the ridiculous.
The British have the most highly-developed sense of humour in the world, from the sublime to the ridiculous, encompassing all facets of the human condition.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, they include blaming relatives and even an incontinent squirrel for the lack of licence.
FROM the sublime to the ridiculous, one can find all kinds of hairstyles at the ongoing Hair Fashion Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil.