Hyperbole is a figurative language technique where exaggeration is used to create a strong effect. With hyperbole, the notion of the speaker is greatly exaggerated to emphasize the point. The word "hyperbole" is actually composed of two root words: "hyper" which means "over," and "bole" which means "to throw." So, etymologically, "hyperbole" translates roughly to "over throw" or "to throw over." True to it's origins, hyperbole or language that is hyperbolic overstates a point or goes a bit too far.
1. Justice is blind and, at times, deaf.
2. Money is the only friend that I can count on.
3. The cactus saluted any visitor brave enough to travel the scorched land.
In the first example we have a metaphor (because life is being directly compared to a journey. The second and third examples are hyperboles and this is illustrated by the fact that both examples include 'like' or 'as'.
What is a hyperbole?
hyperbole, a figure of speech that is an intentional exaggeration for emphasis or comic effect. Hyperbole is common in love poetry, in which it is used to convey the lover's intense admiration for his beloved.
This illustrates a hyperbole directly comparing life with riding a bicycle using the word "like". To keep your life balanced you must keep moving just as you would riding a bicycle.