50 examples of hyperbole

Hyperbole is a rhetorical or literary figure that consists of exaggerating an element of reality to give the message greater expressive force.

Exaggeration can consist of magnifying or diminishing a characteristic or quality attributed to a thing, person or situation. In addition to emphasizing its meaning, hyperbole helps create effects such as humor and irony.

Hyperboles in everyday speech

Everyday language is a source of abundant examples of hyperbole, that is, of exaggerations that emphasize the meaning of a phrase. We present here some frequent examples, and we highlight in bold the words in which the hyperbole or exaggeration resides.

  1. I've told you a million times. (It means that the calls for attention have been too many).
  2. I'm dying of love for you. (Who suffers a lot because of the love he feels towards the person in question)
  3. With that big nose, he will put out anyone's eye. (That that nose is very big)
  4. I'm so hungry I'd eat a cow. (That he is very hungry)
  5. I'm going to grow roots from so much waiting. (That has been waiting for a long time)
  6. First dead before eating chicken liver. (Who resists eating chicken liver because of the dislike it causes)
  7. I've called you a thousand times. (Who has called you many times)
  8. There is not a day that I should not repeat the same thing to you. (That he is tired of repeating the same instruction)
  9. Everyone is watching what I do. (That he feels observed by people who know him)
  10. I have a million things to do today. (Who is burdened with occupations)
  11. I have waited five hundred years for an answer to my request. (That has a long time waiting for an answer)
  12. The car was so hot you could fry an egg on the hood. (That the heat inside the vehicle is too much)
  13. I'm so thirsty I'd have a barrel of water. (Who is very thirsty)
  14. There were ten thousand people before me in line at the bank. (That there were many people in the bank)
  15. I melt with heat. (That feels very hot)
  16. At this rate, it will take forever to finish the job. (That they are taking longer than necessary in fulfilling their work obligations)
  17. He is petrified of fear. (That fear has incapacitated him to react)
  18. If that athlete keeps running like this, at any moment he will start flying. (That the athlete is surprisingly fast)
  19. Watching the news makes me sick. (That the news upsets him)
  20. There is nothing that escapes you. (That is usually attentive to important things or details)
  21. I'm so tired it hurts my soul. (That fatigue causes him a lot of pain)
  22. That happens to him for doing twenty things at a time. (Who suffers the consequences of doing too many things at once)
  23. I'm frozen. (That feels very cold)
  24. You are the most beautiful woman in the world. (What do you think the woman in question is beautiful)
  25. This market bag weighs a ton. (That the bag is very heavy)
  26. The night became eternal. (That he felt the night passed slowly)
  27. There is no one who does not know his name. (That many people know the subject in question)
  28. I'm dying of laughter. (That an issue makes you laugh a lot)
  29. I dedicate every minute of the day to thinking about you. (Who frequently thinks of the person in question)
  30. I would not marry you or have you be the last man on Earth. (Who does not want to commit to that person)

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Hyperboles in poetry

In literature we can find numerous examples of poems with hyperbole that make use of this literary figure.

1

With my cry the stones soften
their natural hardness and they break it ...
Garcilaso de la Vega, from Eclogue I

2

The day you love me will have more light than June
(...) and there will be more roses together
than in the whole month of May.
Amaro Nervo, from the poem The day you love me

3

Your eyes have
d'amor I don't know what,
they steal me, they steal me,
they hurt me, they kill me,
that they kill me, they kill me by faith.
From an anonymous 17th century Spanish poem

4

Once upon a man stuck a nose,
once upon a superlative nose,
once upon a time there was a sayón nose and write.
Francisco de Quevedo, from the sonnet To a man with a big nose

5

Nothing more rocking than your hip,
rebel against the pressure of dress ...
Carlos Pezoa Véliz, from the poem To a brunette

6

Seeing you smile at the window
kneel down the believer ...
Carlos Pezoa Véliz, from the poem To a blonde

7

My thirst, my endless craving, my indecisive path!
Dark channels where the eternal thirst follows,
and the fatigue continues, and the infinite pain.
Pablo Neruda, from the book Twenty love poems and a desperate song.

8

Everything was fire at that time. Burned
the beach around you.
Rafael Alberti, from the poem Returns of love as it was

9

I think the sky falls to the ground,
and did wrong, sir (if it could be
to come down on the ground)
that the ground is no longer to live on.
Lope de Vega, from the play Amar, Serve, and Wait.

10

Has turned the flow of her tears
in the water of the rivers that cross the two Castiles,
capable of causing flooding ...
Francisco de Quevedo

Hyperboles in the narrative

In novels and stories we can also find the frequent use of literary hyperbole. We point out here some examples of important Spanish-American authors.

1

In resolution, he became so absorbed in his reading that he spent his nights reading from clear to clear, and the days from cloudy to cloudy; And so, from little sleep and a lot of reading, his brain dried up so that he lost his mind.
From Miguel de Cervantes, from the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha.

2

... retained its enormous strength, which allowed it to knock down a horse by grabbing it by the ears.
Gabriel García Márquez, from the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

3

But deep down he couldn't conceive that the boy the gypsies took away was the same bird who ate half a suckling pig for lunch and whose breezes made the flowers wither.
Gabriel García Márquez, from the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

4

But the tribe of Melquíades, according to the globetrotters, had been wiped off the face of the earth for having exceeded the limits of human knowledge.
Gabriel García Márquez, from the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

5

It was difficult to admit that that irreparable old man was the only balance of a man whose power had been so great that he ever asked what hours it is and he had been answered the ones ordered by my general.
Gabriel García Márquez, novel The Autumn of the Patriarch.

6

The man was tall and so skinny that he always seemed in profile.
Mario Vargas Llosa, from the novel The War at the End of the World.

7

One could stay a lifetime listening to the nocturne, and the scherzo was touched as by fairy hands. Beba liked Strauss more because he was strong, truly a German Don Juan, with those horns and trombones that gave him goose bumps - which was surprisingly literal to me.
Julio Cortázar, from the story The Maenads.

8

It was never sunset, the vibration of the sun on the track and the bodies dilated the vertigo to nausea.
Julio Cortázar, from the story The South Highway

9

She knew, for she had felt it firsthand, how powerful the fire of a glance can be. It is capable of lighting the same sun.
Laura Esquivel, from the novel Como agua para chocolate.

10

After that scrutinizing look that penetrated the clothes, nothing would be the same again.
Laura Esquivel, from the novel Como agua para chocolate.

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