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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.
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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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blow (something) out of (all) proportion

To make something seem more important, negative, or significant than it really is; to exaggerate something or focus unnecessary attention on something. I'm sure he didn't mean anything by that comment—don't blow it out of proportion. Of course she's mad at me because I didn't call her back—you can always count on my mom to blow something out of all proportion!
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a disaster of epic proportions

A catastrophe. Often used figuratively. Meteorologists have been predicting that the hurricane will be a disaster of epic proportions for us because we're so close to the coast. Oh, my attempt to ask Addison to the dance was a disaster of epic proportions—I could only squeak out a few incoherent words before turning completely red and running away.
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keep (something) in proportion

To not, or try not to, react to something in an exaggerated or overblown manner; to not make something seem more important, negative, or significant than it really is. I know we're all shocked by the announcement, but let's try to keep it in proportion—no on is losing their job, and no one is getting a decrease in pay. In reality, it's just a rearrangement of responsibilities. In the age of social media, people seem to have a harder and harder time keeping current events in proportion.
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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.
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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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ˌkeep something in proˈportion

react to something in a sensible way and not think it is worse or more serious than it really is: Listen, I know you’re all upset but let’s try to keep things in proportion, shall we?

out of (all) proˈportion (to something)

greater or more important, serious, etc. than it really is or should be: When you’re depressed, it’s very easy to get things out of proportion.The punishment is out of all proportion to the crime.
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blow out of proportion

To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
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He argued "Excises seem the most proper Ways and Means to support the Government in a long War, because they would lye equally upon the whole, and produce great sums, proportionable to the great Wants of the Public" [Davenant, 1695, p.
Money stock shrinkages, Hume wrote, "are not immediately attended with proportionable alterations in the price of commodities.
Perhaps bell-founding was one of those traditional crafts that had decayed for lack of practice, for in 1688 the dean and chapter were writing to Elias Ashmole for cash, showing an honesty that is both disarming (as, no doubt, it was intended to be) and remarkably modern in tone:'The deceitfulness of the ground first making our honest bell-founder lose his casting the four biggest, to the damage of pounds 30, and now his error in oversizing the eight bells he has cast, so far that they have swallowed up all the metal for the ten; and that requires pounds 80 more to be added to our poor fund for the other two bells, proportionable to that bigness.
Finally, and entirely missing out Smith's worked example of the precise impact of the export bounty upon a given grain price per bushel, the reader continues his own thread of argument by picking up the printed text's subsequent summary (this time precisely quoted) that "so very heavy a Tax upon the first necessary of Life must either reduce the subsistence of the labouring poor or occasion some Augmentation in their pecuniary Wages, proportionable to that in the pecuniary Price of their subsistence" (81v).
but I have been shocked with the sight of a proportionable number of half-naked, half-starved women and children, with pale meagre faces, peeping out of their miserable huts, or lazing and lounging about after a few paltry screaming geese, or scabby worthless sheep.
David Hume's essay `Of the Balance of Trade' (1741) argued that a nation never need be apprehensive of losing its money so long as it preserved its people and its industry, because an automatic self-adjusting mechanism operated which `must for ever, in all neighbouring countries, preserve money nearly all proportionable to the art and industry of each nation'.
M]y intuition is that my consent is not thus modifiable or proportionable (psychological exile is not exile): I cannot keep consent focused on the successes or graces of society; it reaches into every comer of society's failure or ugliness.