But as with so many Scary Trend stories, it seems to have been inflated like a giant hot-air balloon.
Now, the employment figures in early 2010 were inflated in part by temporary federal census employment.
A more serious-minded direction seems right at first, but then that old, inflated sense of purpose can also lead to bigger damage.
early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.