Is there a proportion of foreign-born citizens — workers, voters, political constituents — that is too large?
Like most such predators, their danger to humans is often blown out of proportion.
He is a bullying whiner and a middle-aged man with a lot of cash and no sense of proportion.
As Jacob Bernstein reports, the talk is all about a storm that was blown out of proportion.
“The proportion of banks that were unprofitable fell to 8.4 percent from 10.6 percent a year earlier,” the FDIC reported.
They have long legs, the rascals, as long in proportion as the reach of their guns.
Perhaps some day I may get a reward out of all proportion to this small service.
The skull appeared to be small in proportion to the other parts of the body.
Pressure of wind increases in proportion to the square of the velocity.
The collection of the revenue was simplified and made less vexatious, each citizen to contribute his just proportion.
late 14c., "due relation of one part to another," also "size, extent; compartative relation in size, degree, number, etc.," from Old French proporcion "measure, proportion" (13c.), from Latin proportionem (nominative proportio) "comparative relation, analogy," from phrase pro portione "according to the relation" (of parts to each other), from pro "for" (see pro-) + ablative of *partio "division," related to pars (see part (n.)). Phrase out of proportion attested by 1670s.
My fortunes [are] as ill proportioned as your legs. [John Marston, "Antonio and Mellida," 1602]
"to adjust or regulate the proportions of," late 14c., from proportion (n.) and in part from Middle French proporcioner and directly from Medieval Latin proportionare. Related: Proportioned; proportioning.