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    #1

    woke up dead

    "He called his prime minister, a man greatly feared throughout the realm and often called The Eliminator. No one was certain how the prime minister got the moniker, for rumors and whisperings were often exaggerated. However, it seemed like when he spoke, people woke up dead."
    Is it hyperbole or an idiom? I can't find it.
    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: woke up dead

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    "He called his prime minister, a man greatly feared throughout the realm and often called The Eliminator. No one was certain how the prime minister got the moniker, for rumors and whisperings were often exaggerated. However, it seemed like when he spoke, people woke up dead."
    Is it hyperbole or an idiom? I can't find it.
    Thank you for your help.
    I have no idea. It is very weird.

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    Re: woke up dead

    It's not an idiom that I have heard, but it is almost certainly hyperbole.

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