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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'Who are we to blow it out of proportion? We want to move forward,' Javier said, adding she had pleaded to members to stop the bashing and not drag Sotto's family into the controversy.
He said: "This was a storm in a tea cup but no doubt my enemies will blow it out of proportion."