Baron Munchausen

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Noun1.Baron Munchausen - German raconteur who told preposterous stories about his adventures as a soldier and hunterBaron Munchausen - German raconteur who told preposterous stories about his adventures as a soldier and hunter; his name is now associated with any telling of exaggerated stories or winning lies (1720-1797)
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The company is re-visiting the fanciful tales of Germany's most imaginative nobleman with "Baron Munchhausen." The miniseries, which stars Jan Josef Liefers, will air on ARD in December.
When circumstances take him to rural Ireland, on the trail of Rudolf Erich Raspe, the author of The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (and quite possibly an ancestor of his), Sven is launched headlong into another quest.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest use of the phrase is in 1785 in Baron Munchhausen's Marvellous Travels which reads: " In six jiffies I found myself and all my retinue at the rock of Gibraltar."