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hyperbole

noun [U]     /haɪˈpɜː.bəl.i/ US  /-ˈpɝː-/ formal
a way of speaking or writing that makes someone or something sound bigger, better, more, etc. than they are: The blurb on the back of the book was full of the usual hyperbole - 'enthralling', 'fascinating' ,and so on.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding Grammar:HyperboleWe use hyperbole /haɪˈpɜ:bəlɪ/ to exaggerate. We sometimes do this to emphasise something, to add humour or to gain attention. When we use hyperbole, we often make statements which are obviously untrue:See more hyperbolic     /ˌhaɪ.pəˈbɒl.ɪk/ US  /-pɚˈbɑː.lɪk/ adjective hyperbolic rhetoricExaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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