out of proportion

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out of proportion (comparative more out of proportion, superlative most out of proportion)

  1. (idiomatic) Not in a proper or pleasing relation to other things, especially in terms of size.
    I only said that she wasn't as young as she used to be, and her response was out of proportion.
    • Philip Larkin, Toads
      Six days of the week it [work] soils / With its sickening poison — / Just for paying a few bills! / That's out of proportion.