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draw the longbow

To exaggerate or overstate. Boy, she's really drawing the longbow—I wouldn't believe a word she says.
See also: draw
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

draw the longbow

make exaggerated claims or statements. dated
The longbow was the national weapon of England from the 14th century until the introduction of firearms, and prowess in its use was highly prized. The phrase has been used in this metaphorical sense since the mid 17th century.
See also: draw
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