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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ANDY Murray's demise has been blown out of all proportion and the Scot can still win Wimbledon, according to former British number one Greg Rusedski.
"If you look at the incident, which I did, it was nothing more than a collision that has been blown out of all proportion."
The Chelsea coach's disagreement with Terry happened the day before Chelsea's Carling Cup final defeat against Spurs but he claims it has been "blown out of all proportion".
England's fly-half practised with the six to be used at the Stade de France tomorrow evening, pumped to their optimum efficiency, and then insisted the issue of defective balls at this tournament, raised by New Zealand number 10 Dan Carter and seemingly supported by Wilkinson, had been blown out of all proportion and said: "The team don't talk about it.