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My good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible; and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasions for teazing and quarrelling with you as often as may be; and I shall begin directly by asking you what made you so unwilling to come to the point at last.
You exaggerate the matter very much," said Ivan Petrovitch, with rather a bored air.
Your ideas are, of course, most praiseworthy, and in the highest degree patriotic; but you exaggerate the matter terribly.
No, sir, I do not exaggerate, I understate the matter, if anything, undoubtedly understate it; simply because I cannot express myself as I should like, but--"
It wasn't silliness on your part to exaggerate this little trifle of love-making into something serious.
It can serve no good interest, in this serious matter, to exaggerate anything.
Playing with proportions can have a surprisingly flattering effect too - a peplum top with its large exaggerated frill exaggerates the hips, making your waist looks smaller for added curve appeal.