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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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BEIRUT: The spoiled food scandal is being blown out of proportion, said Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud Monday, reiterating that the majority of establishments were applying adequate food safety standards.
Ten Cate said: "This is all blown out of proportion. I have no problems with John Terry and he has none with me."
Anne Bird, director of the Swan Rescue Centre, Barry, said concerns humans could catch bird flu had been blown out of proportion. The rescue centre has been caring for injured swans and other birds since 1998.
The estimable Thomas Fleming denounced Felt's "malfeasance" and his whistle-blowing as "a despicable example of disloyalty." The Watergate scandal, Fleming insisted, was an affair blown out of proportion "by a gaggle of reporters egged on by disaffected federal bureaucrats who resented President Nixon's attempt to make them subordinate to the law and Constitution."
"This research has really been blown out of proportion," Krueger said at an April 1 press conference.
Drew Augenstein, whose 6-year-old daughter was in the class, said it got blown out of proportion.
Gordon McGuinty, president of Notre Dame Development, the company that owns the decommissioned Kirkland Lake pit says reports of placing a fish farm project at the property were "blown out of proportion."