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Hyperbole was a literary device in which a deliberate exaggeration was made for dramatic effect. Serials such as The Adventures of Captain Proton made frequent use of hyperbole. (VOY: "Bride of Chaotica!")
In 2371, Harry Kim claimed that he'd heard that Maquis and Starfleet members aboard USS Voyager were "at each other's throats". Tuvok found his statement to be extreme, remarking, "I will never cease to be amazed by the human capacity for hyperbole." (VOY: "Parallax")
In 2375, Tom Paris begged Neelix to give him food on credit. When the Talaxian refused, Paris claimed it was a life and death situation. Neelix assured him that his hyperbole wouldn't convince him. Paris, on the other hand, felt he was accurately describing the stakes if he didn't come through with some kind of special first date anniversary dinner for B'Elanna Torres, having forgotten all about the occasion until recently. (VOY: "Warhead")