Definition of 'metaphor'

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Synonyms of "metaphor"
Synonyms of "metaphor"
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Hindi Definition of "metaphor"
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It stalks the mind like a scavenging metaphor; like death keeping guard of our bones. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It was left to the experts to explain the use of metaphor in the songs. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There are times when the cake trick feels a little too like a metaphor for this book. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Allow us to mix the metaphor just a little. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You could hardly get a more powerful visual metaphor. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Well placed metaphors can be one of the most powerful influences for change. O'Connor, Joseph & Seymour, John Training with N.L.P. (1994)Both knew that flowers could work as seductive metaphors for other things. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)He would use metaphors and tell us that we had to figure out what he meant. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Perhaps they could be metaphors for one another. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)The death of the pub is a metaphor for something much bigger and sadder in society at large. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Bear in mind that dreams work in personal symbols and metaphors; they are rarely literal. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Maybe maths and metaphors shouldn't mix. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Sport as metaphor is one thing, but sport as a lazy plotting device is quite another. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I sensed that it might be a metaphor for something, a parable. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Far more than flags and anthems, food is the metaphor and symbol of where you come from and what you might choose to die for. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Another metaphor, another phrase Caught in my throat. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)It's a good joke and a metaphor that I had not spotted before. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Doctors once assured patients who suffered brain damage to that hemisphere that theirs was a minor impediment, yet they struggled to understand jokes, metaphors or sarcasm. Times, Sunday Times (2012)

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Translations for 'metaphor'

British English: metaphor NOUN
A metaphor is a way of describing someone or something by showing their similarity with something else. For example, the metaphor "a shining light" describes a person who is very skillful or intelligent.
She uses a lot of metaphors in her writing.


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