out of proportion


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*out of (all) proportion

of exaggerated importance; of an unrealistic importance or size compared to something else. (*Typically: be ~; blow something ~; grow ~.) Thisproblem has grown out of all proportion. Yes, this figure is way out of proportion to the others in the painting.
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out of proportion

Also, out of all proportion. Not in proper relation to other things, especially by being the wrong size or amount. For example, This vase looks out of proportion on this small table, or Her emotional response was out of all proportion to the circumstances. The noun proportion means "an agreeable or harmonious relationship of one thing relative to another." [Early 1700s] The antonym in proportion dates from the late 1600s and also refers either to physical size or appropriate degree, as in The bird's wings are huge in proportion to its body, or Her willingness to believe him stands in direct proportion to her love for intrigue.
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References in classic literature ?
Further, the heads of the adults are not so out of proportion to their bodies as in the case of the young.
Things have been blown so far out of proportion," White said.
Lots of times, though, everyday worries get blown way out of proportion.
Her British coach Nigel Sears, however, insists: "The story about her weight has been blown up out of proportion by the press.
He said: "This was a storm in a tea cup but no doubt my enemies will blow it out of proportion.
A sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn't be blown out of proportion.