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from the ridiculous to the sublime

From something odd or trivial to something exceptional or beautiful. Less common than "from the sublime to the ridiculous." I was pleasantly surprised by the ending to that play—it really took things from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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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

make (one) look ridiculous

To make someone appear or seem very foolish or awkward. Don't let him get on your nerves; he's just trying to get a reaction to make you look ridiculous in front of the class. I can't wear this dress, it makes me look ridiculous!
See also: look, make, ridiculous

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...."
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From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.

Prov. Something grand can easily become very funny. Bob, I don't think you should include a bowl of breakfast cereal in your still-life painting. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step. The production of Macbeth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Lady Macbeth came onstage in an old army uniform.
See also: ridiculous, step, sublime

make someone look ridiculous

to make someone look foolish (not funny). This hat makes me look ridiculous. Please make me look good. Don't make me look ridiculous!
See also: look, make, ridiculous

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.
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