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belabour, blow up out of all proportion, lay too much stress on, make a big thing of     (informal)   make a federal case of     (U.S. informal)   make a mountain out of a molehill     (informal)   make a production (out) of     (informal)   make something out of nothing, make too much of, overdramatize, overstress  
   belittle, downplay, make light of, minimize, play down, underplay, underrate, understate  
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  ( overemphasizes    3rd person present)   ( overemphasizing    present participle)   ( overemphasized    past tense & past participle  )
in BRIT, also use overemphasise     
1       verb   If you say that someone overemphasizes something, you mean that they give it more importance than it deserves or than you consider appropriate.  
Democrats will complain he overemphasizes punishment at the expense of prevention and treatment.      V n  
2       verb   If you say that something cannotbe overemphasized, you are emphasizing that you think it is very important.  
with brd-neg     (emphasis)    The importance of education cannot be overemphasised...      be V-ed  
I can't overemphasize the cleanliness of this place.      V n  

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