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    larger than life

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    His mind …saw everything a little larger than life-size. (W. S. Maugham, “Of Human Bondage”)

    It had been for Andrew and axioms that Pat was a little larger than life and far too dignified and authoritative… (I. Murdoch, “The Red and the Green”)

    larger than life = exaggerated

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: larger than life

    Indeed! But it is also used to indicate an impression rather than exaggeration.

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