What's Hyperbole? These 55 Examples Will Explain It Perfectly

Have you ever used hyperbole when you were talking to a friend or family member? Whether you knew you were or not at the time, there’s a good chance you’ve used a lot more hyperbole examples yourself than you might've realized.

What Is Hyperbole, Exactly?

A hyperbole is an exaggerated phrase or statement people use for emphasis and effect to help them get whatever point they are trying to make across.

And while some hyperboles may sound a bit funny, they do the trick. For instance, if someone says, “It’s raining cats and dogs today!” they are implying that it is pouring outside, not that literal animals are magically falling from the sky. However, they chose to say that instead of “It’s raining a lot outside!” so you’d know that they meant it was really, really raining really hard out.

To find out some other popular ones, we rounded up 55 hyperbole examples below. As you’ll see, examples of hyperbole are used in everyday conversations, literature, theater, TV shows and even in advertising campaigns.

Once you read through our 55 hyperbole examples, you’ll probably think: I’ve heard this one a million times! Whoops, we just used another hyperbole!

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55 Hyperbole Examples

1. I slept like a rock last night.

2. These high heels are killing me.

3. Be careful, it’s a jungle out there.

4. You’re as light as a feather.

5. I’m drowning in paperwork.

6. There are a million other things to do.

7. The person in front of me walked as slow as a turtle.

8. He’s running around like a chicken without a head.

9. It’s as windy as a hurricane outside.

10. My purse weighs a ton.

11. I’m so tired; I could sleep a million years.

12. That was the easiest test in the world.

13. My mom made enough food to feed an army last night.

14. He drove faster than a speeding bullet.

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15. I love you to the moon and back.

16. I’m on cloud nine right now.

17. When they met, there were fireworks in their eyes.

18. I could smell those cookies from a mile away.

19. The food was so hot my ears are smoking.

20. Cry me a river.

21. The whole world was staring at me.

22. The house costs us an arm and a leg to build.

23. I’ve seen that movie a thousand times.

24. I would move mountains for some coffee right now.

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25. I’m so broke; I don’t have two cents to rub together.

26. You knocked that assignment out of the park.

27. I’ll believe you when pigs fly.

28. I would walk 500 miles just to be with you.

29. If you eat that, your tongue will fall off.

30. His garlic breath could knock over an elephant.

31. I'm so hungry that I could eat a horse.

32. That was so embarrassing, I almost died.

33. That took forever to finish.

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34. I've told you a thousand times!

35. She shot him an icy glare.

36. This is the best day ever.

37. I ate my weight in ice cream.

38. I'm obsessed with this TV show.

39. I haven't seen you in ages.

40. You're the apple of my eye.

41. I will murder the next person who asks me that.

42. It's impossible to finish this puzzle.

43. This contest is a piece of cake.

44. My grandmother is my guardian angel.

45. There are butterflies in my stomach.

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46. The basketball team gave 1000%.

47. It's raining men.

48. If he doesn't text me back, I'll die.

49. It's Antarctica-level cold out there.

50. The car is greased lightning.

51. You have silky smooth skin.

52. I put my blood, sweat and tears into this project.

53. The silence was deafening.

54. My mom makes the world's best pumpkin pie.

55. I'm starving to death.

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