Dudley had spent most of the summer in the kitchen, his piggy little eyes fixed on the screen and his five chins wobbling as he ate continually.

As I understand, "five chins" is hyperbole implying Dudley is extremely fat. Am I getting it right?

What does it mean exactly?

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    Yes, you're getting it right. Dudley has only one real chin but he's so fat that he got five folds of skin around his neck that look like extra chins.
    – RubioRic
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 12:46

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Yes, you are correct.

From the Cambridge Dictionary

double chin: a fold of skin under the face along the front of the neck, caused by a layer of fat

By taking it further and saying Dudley has 5 chins, the author is implying that not only is Dudley fat, he is VERY fat.

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