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from the ridiculous to the sublime

From something silly, foolish, or absurd to something exceptional or beautiful. Less common than "from the sublime to the ridiculous." I was pleasantly surprised by the ending to that play—it really took things from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous

From something exceptional or beautiful to something silly, foolish, or absurd. I was disappointed by the ending to that play—it unfortunately took things from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step

Something or some situation can very easily go from being exceptional or beautiful to being silly, foolish, or absurd. The opera singer was followed by a ventriloquist. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
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From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.

Prov. Something grand can easily become very funny. Bob, I don't think you should include a bowl of breakfast cereal in your still-life painting. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step. The production of Macbeth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Lady Macbeth came onstage in an old army uniform.
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from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
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from the subˌlime to the riˈdiculous

used to describe a situation in which something serious, important or of high quality is followed by something silly, unimportant or of poor quality: His works as an artist range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with very little in between. From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step is a translation of a phrase that was first said by Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Jamie captures the seriousness but also the creepiness of the event by zooming in on the winner's proud and often sublimely tranquil expression, then panning the small, slightly disinterested crowd of spectators and dignitaries, among them National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose party uses Joan's martyrdom as a staple of its xenophobic propaganda.
His fifth-minute opener, his 11th goal of the season, was sublimely crafted and executed as he embarked on a skilful run from 10 yards inside the Villa half that took him past J Lloyd Samuel, Gareth Barry and Mark Delaney before he struck a sweet shot beyond Thomas Sorensen.
His three-under par score came at the par-five 497-yard 16th hole at the Whitestone-based course where his 190-yard second shot with a six- iron bounced on the front of the green and nestled sublimely in the cup.
4 The Long Christmas Ride Home The sublimely gifted Paula Vogel returned with this tragic story of parents and the gay children they reject, told with puppeteer Basil Twist.
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The traditions of animal behavior celebrate do-it-yourself flair, and experiments mix the sublimely high tech with the ridiculously simple.
Moore, Burnley's pounds 1 million striker, evaded two defenders before sublimely curling the ball home.
In a sublimely practical move, Augustine refused to allow the perfection of the heavenly city to undermine striving for its semblance in the earthly.
And just as I think Truman was right to send troops to South Korea, John Kennedy was right, sublimely so, to decide on the blockade as a way to defuse the missile crisis, instead of authorizing the air strikes on Cuba that Dean Acheson and other senior advisers urged.
JAMDAT Bowling is sublimely simple -- just aim, adjust spin and power to send the ball rolling, and watch the pins fall in realistic gameplay.
Why are teachers so sublimely sure they know more about children than do their parents?
FEATURING Andreya Triana on vocals, this is a sublimely atmospheric track featuring The Portico Quartet's Jack Wiley on sax, it's no wonder Bonobo is the best-selling of the artists on the Ninja Tune label.
UK rockers set off with an AC/DC head-nodding zeal as guitars and synth combine sublimely to crank things up until the chorus ultimately lets it down.
Best, however, are the crowd-pleasing Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) and setlist closer, the sublimely soulful Try A Little Tenderness.
ON Wednesday Arsenal went to the home of a team one place below them in the Premiership, left out a handful of their best players, missed a couple of penalties but still played sublimely in a 3-1 win.