Definition of bunyanize in US English:

bunyanize

verb

[with object]
  • Cause (someone) to appear heroic or larger than life.

    ‘How are you going to allow teachers to finish their work if you keep bunyanizing them?’
    • ‘How, then, are you going to allow teachers to finish their work if you keep bunyanizing them?’
    • ‘I myself believe that the Gods of all realms, from the lowest to highest, do not want us to bunyanize them, but rather to understand them.’
    • ‘Besides the creation of artificial folk heroes, or the Bunyanizing of genuine ones, mass culture breeds its own special varieties of folklore.’

Origin

1950s: after Paul Bunyan, legendary American giant lumberjack.

Pronunciation

bunyanize

/ˈbənyəˌnīz/