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Example:

No one would ever do that.
Most people wouldn't do that

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Substituting no one would for most people wouldn’t is a form of the rhetorical device called hyperbole:

Hyperbole is a figure of speech and literary device that creates heightened effect through deliberate exaggeration. Hyperbole is often a boldly overstated or exaggerated claim or statement that adds emphasis without the intention of being literally true. . . .
Source and read more: Literary Devices — Hyperbole

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  • Variants of this question appear millions of times on ELU. Jul 16 at 13:24
  • @EdwinAshworth — I disagree. While the answers to the questions you linked are the same, the questions themselves are not. OP would need to have framed/understood no one would for most people wouldn’t as an exaggeration in the first place. But polarity got in the way — and that is what is interesting about this question. Jul 16 at 15:24

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