(Submitted on Fri., Sept. 30, 2005)
Meaning: to make way too much out of something
Rewrite 1: making a nuke out of a firecracker
Rewrite 2: making a hawk out of a sparrow
Rewrite 3: looking for gold but finding lead
Rewrite 4: going W.M.D.* on me
Comment: There seem to be plenty of comparisons from which to draw, either as a direct parody of the original or going in a different direction.
*W.M.D.: weapons of mass destruction, a reference to massive weapons suspected in Iraq but never found, used as a reason to go to war with Iraq in 2003.