As a verb exaggerate
is to overstate, to describe more than is fact.
As a noun machismo is
To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
- I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate !
- He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating . The real number is about ten.
* (overstate) downplay, understate
* Germaine Greer:
- The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.
* femismo (rare)