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Exaggeration

Bunyon, Paul
legendary giant, hero of tall tales of the logging camps. [Am. Folklore: The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyon]
Jenkins’ ear
trivial cause of a great quarrel. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 336]
Münchhausen, Baron von
(1720–1797) soldier, adventurer, and teller of tall tales. [Ger. Hist.: EB, VII: 99]
Madison Avenue
New York street; home of advertising companies. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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People are most likely to exaggerate the value of a television, with fraudulent claims on TVs often spiking before big events such as the Football World Cup.
Those active in or sympathetic to the environmental movement are also more likely now to believe the news media exaggerate the seriousness of global warming, but there has been a greater increase in that belief among those neutral or unsympathetic to the movement.
The research, which surveyed 1,006 working adults across the UK, asked what respondents thought would be the most common reasons for people to exaggerate the truth within job applications.
"Certain European countries artificially exaggerate figures with funds that do not represent new money for poor countries.
Vatican II also cautioned theologians and preachers to neither exaggerate nor understate Mary's significance lest they mislead not only Roman Catholics but other Christians as well.
Both men and women indicated that men would be more likely to exaggerate about those behaviors traditionally associated with male mating strategies than those behaviors associated with female mating strategies.
The fact that the headlines were twice as likely as newspaper stories to moderately or highly exaggerate the claims made in the source science article (21% as compared to 11%) supports the general impression that headlines are more sensational and should be viewed with circumspection by the public.
He wanted "to exaggerate the essential and to leave the obvious vague" (3,2).
Individuals who exhibit the characteristics of Munchausen syndrome fabricate or exaggerate illness or sickness, usually for the purpose of attracting attention to themselves.
Tapering from wide and generous semi-public space at their southern ends on Rauchstra[beta]e to quite thin terminations up against the inside of the copper wall on the northern perimeter, these internal streets have a sixteenth-century proto-Baroque understanding of the apparent nature of space, for their plan shapes exaggerate the perspective effect, making them seem longer than they really are, the individual buildings bigger, and, curiously, people at the other end of the vistas, taller.
CGI has the ability to exaggerate reality to bring in an element of caricature that live action can't do.
Although some activities involved with derivative instruments, for example, dynamic hedging of options portfolios, including the options embedded in fixed rate mortgages and mortgagbacked securities, may have tended to exaggerate price movements, other elements involving derivatives, such as the availability of highly liquid futures markets on organized exchanges, probably smoothed price developments in the cash market for bonds.