What’s the big deal? Don’t blow it out of proportion.

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This episode is about how people react to different situations. Some people have big reactions to situations that are not important. In these cases, we can use to blow something out of proportion, to make a mountain out of a molehill, or to make a big deal out of something. We give lots of examples of people overreacting. Do you think they are making a mountain out of a molehill?

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Harp: Let’s look at some examples with to blow things out of proportion.
Maura: Well, one example could be this friend of mine has been looking for a job recently and just last week she applied for a job that she really wanted to get and she didn’t get it.
Harp: Oh no.
Maura: And you know, that happens when you’re looking for a job. It’s normal that some jobs that you don’t get accepted to.
Harp: I wish that I got all the jobs that I really wanted to.
Maura: Right, but my friend really blew it out of proportion. She said she’ll never get a job. She started talking about going back to school and changing careers.
Harp: Oh, no. That’s really blowing it out of proportion.
Maura: Right, but my friend really blew it out of proportion. She said she’ll never get a job. She started talking about going back to school and changing careers.
Harp: Oh, no. That’s really blowing it out of proportion.
Maura: Yeah. Normally you just keep going, you apply to more jobs and eventually you find something.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

To blow something out of proportion To be like the end of the world
To go back to school A pimple
To make a mountain out of a molehill A mole
To be over Later on
gonna To pack your bags
To make a big deal out of something To make something into a big deal
A mix up

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Illustration: Asami Takemoto

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