hyperbolenoun [ U ]uk /haɪˈpɜː.bəl.i/ us /haɪˈpɝː.bəl.i/ formal
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adjective uk /ˌhaɪ.pəˈbɒl.ɪk/ us /ˌhaɪ.pɚˈbɑː.lɪk/
(Definition of “hyperbole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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a period of time during which an animal or person that might have a disease is kept away from other people or animals so that the disease cannot spread