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exaggeration

noun
     
ex‧ag‧ge‧ra‧tion [uncountable and countable]
a statement or way of saying something that makes something seem better, larger etc than it really is:
It would be an exaggeration to say that we were close friends.
It is no exaggeration to say that everyone will be affected by the new policy.
The situation can be described, without exaggeration, as disastrous.
slight/gross exaggeration
That sounds like a slight exaggeration.

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