One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the conflict was exaggerated by the media’
overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
embellish, embroider, colour, elaborate, over-elaborate, oversell, overdraw, overplay, dramatize
hyperbolize, add colour, stretch the truth, catastrophize
informal pile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a shovel, lay it on with a trowel, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something out of all proportion, make a drama out of a crisis, make a big thing of
British informal shoot a line
archaic draw the longbow
play down, understate
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