An example of hyperbole is saying you are so hungry you could eat a horse.
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Origin of hyperbole
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin hyperbolē, from Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē, “excess, exaggeration”), from ὑπέρ (huper, “above”) + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).