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But in an apparent and surprising mea culpa, Neymar admitted that he does sometimes exaggerate, but is also the victim of overzealous challenges.
"For many years, it appeared that Irish society was prepared to tolerate people taking an opportunity to exaggerate claims in order to increase financial reward.
"They exaggerate the question of whether or not Iran is a threat to regional states.
Either you lack the knowledge of what you should be eating or you are happy to exaggerate your complaint to make your point.
But the Ab Fab comic has found a remedy after she turned to pal Dawn French - whose own book was a bestseller - and was told to "just exaggerate".
One in 10 consumers said they thought it was all right to exaggerate a claim as everyone did it, with a further 6 per cent saying they thought insurance companies could afford it.
One in 10 consumers believed it was all right to exaggerate a claim as "everyone did it".
All three groups are more likely now than they were in 2008 to believe the news media exaggerate the seriousness of the issue, including a sharp 19-point increase among independents.
"We have to be careful as scientists that we present the facts and don't exaggerate things.
Nearly one in two Midland workers will exaggerate the truth when they make their job applications, according to research commissioned by HR consulting company Water for Fish.
Overstate: to state too strongly, to exaggerate: to overstate one's position in a controversy.