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of biblical proportions

Of a huge or catastrophic size, magnitude, or severity. The typhoon laid waste to the coast of Japan, causing damage of biblical proportions. An evacuation of biblical proportions has been underway since the civil war began.
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blown (all) out of proportion

Exaggerated or magnified beyond the true scale or truth of the matter. It was just a minor tremor, not even a proper earthquake, but the media has it blown all out of proportion. These reports on the crime rate are blown out of proportion, if you ask me.
See also: blown, of, out, proportion

blow (something) up out of proportion

To indicate, imply, or argue that something is more important or consequential than it really is; to overinflate the importance of something. Don't blow this up out of proportion, Bill—I was late due to traffic, and that's it. It's just a small inconvenience, don't blow it up out of proportion and make it sound like the end of the world.
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disaster of epic proportions

Cliché a very large disaster. (Often jocular.) The earthquake was responsible for a disaster of epic proportions. Your late arrival caused a disaster of epic proportions.
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in proportion

showing the correct size or proportion relative to something else. That man's large head is not in proportion to his small body. The cartoonist drew the dog in proportion to its surroundings.
See also: proportion

*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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blow something out of (all) proportion

to make something seem more important than it actually is I thought the picture of him wearing a dress was pretty funny, but the local newspapers blew it out of all proportion.
Usage notes: often used with other adverbs to make a stronger statement: This case has been blown totally out of proportion. She blew the figures way out of proportion.
Related vocabulary: make a mountain out of a molehill
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blow something out of (all) proportion

to behave as if something that has happened is much worse than it really is They had a minor argument in a restaurant but the press have blown it out of all proportion, speculating about divorce.
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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.
See also: of, out, proportion

blow out of proportion

To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
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References in classic literature ?
The tenor, therefore, of their affections and feelings, must have borne the same general proportion to our own.
It follows, therefore, that of the materials which an author has to use in a romance, or fictitious composition, such as I have ventured to attempt, he will find that a great proportion, both of language and manners, is as proper to the present time as to those in which he has laid his time of action.
Those whose extensive researches have given them the means of judging my backslidings with more severity, will probably be lenient in proportion to their knowledge of the difficulty of my task.
In the sun, if its density is thirteen hundred and twenty-four thousand times greater, and the attraction is twenty-seven times greater than on the surface of our globe, keeping everything in proportion, the inhabitants ought to be at least two hundred feet high.
It should have read, "The proportion of Bacteroidetes in their guts rose, while the proportion of Firmicutes dropped.
The proportion of male births varied yearly before 1970 but declined steadily since then, from 0.
Compared with patients with predisposing medical conditions, patients with a history of good health had a higher (but not significant) proportion of necrotizing fasciitis (70% vs 47%, p = 0.
For each proportion of the human body corresponding to a musical interval, there is a corresponding proportion between two or three planetary orbits," The World is Sound.
This accounts for 79 cents of each dollar of total income, a proportion that has remained stable since 2000, according to data obtained from income tax filings by Statistics Canada.
For example, in the last 20 years the proportion of small dental offices (with fewer than five employees) decreased from 70% to 42% of all facilities.
In science and engineering (S&E) fields, women have more than doubled their proportion of earned bachelor's degrees over the last 35 years.
Both groups overestimated the representation of women within the profession but a subsequent Test for Significance of a Proportion (TSP) of the Sophisticated group estimate indicated that the overestimates were not significantly different from reality (z = .
The small village on the outskirts of Cardiff has a higher proportion of married inhabitants than anywhere in Wales.
Hence, their partitioning must be based on proportion criteria because the distance criteria are just more or less accurate correlates of these, whereas control of the proportions is the primary concern.
29% Proportion of America in a recent poll who said they were undecided between John Kerry and George W.