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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.]
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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.
When forced-choice format questions about women were presented, both men and women indicated that women would be more likely to exaggerate about those behaviors traditionally associated with female mating strategies than those behaviors associated with male mating strategies.
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.
One in 10 consumers said they thought it was OK to exaggerate a claim K as everyone did it.
Summary: SIN AL FIL: The Arab world should not exaggerate Turkey's potential involvement in Middle Eastern affairs as the country's role will continue as always to serve Turkish interests, the publisher of As-Safir newspaper said at a conference held Wednesday at the Issam Fares Center in Sin al-Fil.
People should not use their imagination to get at dog owners, we are mostly responsible folk and it is not fair to exaggerate the situation.
Not receiving an apology encourages some drivers to exaggerate the damage to their vehicles when making a claim, a survey by insurance company Norwich Union said.