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Examples :: English Language :: Hyperbole


Hyperbole is a form of overstatement used for effect in literature and conversation. As a linguistic tool it works by creating an analogy. It's common in humor, as an absurdity. It can be used as a rhetorical tool, amplifying an idea or a situation for effect. In some cases hyperbole is an implied exaggeration, where the possibilities are the actual hyperbole.

Examples of hyperbole

  • I could eat a horse.
  • This isn't a book, it's a form of tyranny.
  • If I get any wetter, I'll have to grow gills.
  • I was so poor I couldn't afford to breathe.