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.
It inflated things by two or three episodes because we were enjoying what Christine was doing.
To see and take action on the crisis you had to see that bubble as it inflated, and then do something about it.
It measured slightly over twenty feet from nose to tail and in circumference was considerably larger than an inflated fire-hose.
The stem is inflated, stuffed, rather long, tapering downward.
Vasili Andreevich, who was driving, inflated his cheeks, blowing the breath out through his moustache.
Of all words they may be truly said to be the most inflated with a false meaning.
A couple of hungry crows were busy with a black, inflated object down there, probably the carcass of a dog.
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.