blow (something) out of (all) proportion

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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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blow out of proportion

To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
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Attorney Bruce Jones, who is representing the girl, said the case has been blown out of proportion, and he agreed with Sylmar Juvenile Court Judge Morton Rochman's ruling to keep the case in juvenile court.
It's all her, and she thinks the talk about her bust size has been blown out of proportion.
To this point I thought the whole deal was blown out of proportion.