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of biblical proportions

Of a huge or catastrophic size, magnitude, or severity. The typhoon laid waste to the coast of Japan, causing damage of biblical proportions. An evacuation of biblical proportions has been underway since the civil war began.
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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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blow (something) up out of proportion

To indicate, imply, or argue that something is more important or consequential than it really is; to overinflate the importance of something. Don't blow this up out of proportion, Bill—I was late due to traffic, and that's it. It's just a small inconvenience, don't blow it up out of proportion and make it sound like the end of the world.
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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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a disaster of epic proportions

A catastrophe. Often used figuratively. Meteorologists have been predicting that the hurricane will be a disaster of epic proportions for us because we're so close to the coast. Oh, my attempt to ask Addison to the dance was a disaster of epic proportions—I could only squeak out a few incoherent words before turning completely red and running away.
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disaster of epic proportions

Cliché a very large disaster. (Often jocular.) The earthquake was responsible for a disaster of epic proportions. Your late arrival caused a disaster of epic proportions.
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in proportion

showing the correct size or proportion relative to something else. That man's large head is not in proportion to his small body. The cartoonist drew the dog in proportion to its surroundings.
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*out of (all) proportion

of exaggerated importance; of an unrealistic importance or size compared to something else. (*Typically: be ~; blow something ~; grow ~.) Thisproblem has grown out of all proportion. Yes, this figure is way out of proportion to the others in the painting.
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out of proportion

Also, out of all proportion. Not in proper relation to other things, especially by being the wrong size or amount. For example, This vase looks out of proportion on this small table, or Her emotional response was out of all proportion to the circumstances. The noun proportion means "an agreeable or harmonious relationship of one thing relative to another." [Early 1700s] The antonym in proportion dates from the late 1600s and also refers either to physical size or appropriate degree, as in The bird's wings are huge in proportion to its body, or Her willingness to believe him stands in direct proportion to her love for intrigue.
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ˌkeep something in proˈportion

react to something in a sensible way and not think it is worse or more serious than it really is: Listen, I know you’re all upset but let’s try to keep things in proportion, shall we?

out of (all) proˈportion (to something)

greater or more important, serious, etc. than it really is or should be: When you’re depressed, it’s very easy to get things out of proportion.The punishment is out of all proportion to the crime.
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blow out of proportion

To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
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The proportions of DHA in plasma, blood cells, breast milk, and tissues are substantially lower in vegans and vegetarians compared with omnivores.
In the same period the Land Bank of Taiwan, Union Bank of Taiwan, EnTie Commercial Bank, and Bank of Panshin all saw such proportions drop to below 40% from above 50%.
Between 1991 and 2007, the proportion of students who had ever had sex decreased, as did the proportions of those who had had four or more partners during their life and who had had sex at least once in the three months before the survey.
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it is hardly surprising to find that the proportions of the human body correspond with the mathematical proportions of the planetary orbits .
The proportions of nitrogen and carbon isotopes present in tusk material reflect what an animal ate and the climate in which it lived, Rountrey notes.
Proportions were up in all urban centres, except for Aboriginal men in Montreal, Regina and Edmonton.
DIVINE PROPORTIONS, the undisputed Queen of European racing, set up a clash with Godolphin star Dubawi in a fortnight's time with her ninth straight win at Deauville yesterday.
It also assumed that the proportions of case-patients who 1) sought medical attention, 2) provided a specimen for fecal culture, and 3) were confirmed as salmonellosis patients contributed equally to case ascertainment, but that these proportions differed for patients who experienced bloody diarrhea compared to those who experienced nonbloody diarrhea.
Since the data on this item are categorical, a nonparametric Test for Significance of a Difference Between Two Proportions (TSDBTP) was performed.
Our analyses show that the children of workers who reported thinning plants had significantly higher proportions of detectable urinary metabolites of organophosphate (OP) pesticides than the children of workers who reported that they did not perform this task.
Divine Proportions won the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday in a style reminiscent of her illustrious stablemates Denebola and Six Perfections.
Rather, Harris and Boyd aimed at correlating these distances to proportions of the subgroup distributions outside the reference limits of the combined distribution.
Some introductions to the sciences, however, argued that arithmetic (in its Boethian form) led upwards to the contemplation of divine harmonies and proportions (and Moyer provides a thorough and extremely useful survey of such arguments).