The use of excessive hyperbole and rhetoric when describing a situation or thing. It is commonly absurd and grossly disproportionate when used as an example. Named after Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who often said things that in actuality were over-the-top and unsubstantiated allegations.
Al Franken pulled a durbin when he spoke of the current US actions in Iraq. His own words eventually made a mockery of his career.
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