to blow sth far / way / up / all out of proportion
/blˈoʊ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ fˈɑːɹ wˈeɪ ˌʌp ˈɔːl ˌaʊɾəv pɹəpˈoːɹʃən/
to make a situation appear much bigger or more serious than it actually is
to make a mountain out of (a) molehill
/mˌeɪk ɐ mˈaʊntɪn ˌaʊɾəv ɐ mˈoʊlhɪl/
to make a problem appear more serious or dangerous than it actually is
to make a song and dance about
/mˌeɪk ɐ sˈɔŋ ænd dˈæns ɐbˈaʊt/
to react in an excessive way toward a minor thing
to split hairs
/splˈɪt hˈɛɹz/
to highlight insignificant details or small distinctions between two things
tempest in a teapot / teakettle
/tˈɛmpəst ɪn ɐ tˈiːpɑːt tˈiːkɛɾəl/
an overly angry or worried reaction over something unimportant
to err on the side of sth
/ˈɛɹ ɑːnðə sˈaɪd ʌv ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to act in a way that shows or uses something more than what is enough just to avoid any possible risk or problem
to get one's panties in a bunch
/ɡɛt wˈʌnz pˈæntɪz ɪn ɐ bˈʌntʃ/
to feel annoyed, angry, or upset
much ado about nothing
/mˈʌtʃ ɐdˈuː ɐbˌaʊt nˈʌθɪŋ/
a great deal of attention that is given to matters of small importance
to go too far
/ɡˌoʊ tˈuː fˈɑːɹ/
to make an attempt to do something that is extreme or unacceptable
to over-egg the pudding
/ˌoʊvɚɹˈɛɡ ðə pˈʊdɪŋ/
to make something more complicated than it needs to be
to use / take a sledgehammer to crack a nut
/jˈuːs tˈeɪk ɐ slˈɛdʒhæmɚ tə kɹˈæk ɐ nˈʌt/
to put more energy and force than is necessary into doing something
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