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metaphor

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noun
  • use of a word or phrase to indicate sth different from (though related in some way to) the literal meaning, as in I'll make him eat his words or She has a heart of stone [Barron]
  • a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly: figurative language [Taisha]

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