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Do these 2 paragraphs contain a metaphor anywhere?

"My memory is like a film. That is why I am really good at remembering things, like conversations I have written down in this book, and what people were wearing, and what they smelled like, ...
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Is it still a metaphor if you say “if X was Y” first? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask by the famous John Green quote: if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane Is this a metaphor? Without the "if people were rain" it would be, certainly, but ...
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Word / simile for a city in decay or in lawlessness

My friend told me that Kobe is the only city in Japan in which he saw hobos and where there are no rules for walking on the sidewalk. I flippantly asked him whether it was the Sodom or Gomorrah of ...
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Is “fly like a bird” an example of collocation? [closed]

Is the simile phrase: flying like a bird an example of collocation, with the close ‘expected’ relationship between flying and bird?
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Not using 'like' for similes — where does this come from? [closed]

I just got back some feedback on a piece of work of mine from a proofreader. One of his comments is that I use like in similes a lot, and I shouldn't do that --- I should be using as if instead; he ...
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What is a good metaphor/ simile for your current relevant activity/ situation? [closed]

I am trying to come up with a metaphor/ simile/ descriptor for a relevant network of people depending on what you are doing (your 'activity'). Some descriptions that spring to mind are "Jungle" or ...
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Difference between a Metaphor and a Simile [duplicate]

I know a metaphor compares two similar things, like a ballerina glides like a swan and that a simile compares two unlike things, but I'm still not sure if the sentence, "The car guzzles fuel." would ...
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Why does a Cheshire cat grin, and how long has it been doing so?

Most people are familiar with the expression "grin like a Cheshire cat" from Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865), which goes so far as to provide a glimpse of the grin without the cat. But the ...
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Simile dilemma: Do leaves “fly like butterflies”? [closed]

Leaves from the ground fly like butterflies . What are the leaves being compared to? flies butterflies ground other leaves
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why rocks in “dumb as rocks”?

The online slang dictionary defines dumb as a rock as someone who is very unintelligent, but why rocks?
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Word for an animal that has been ridden too much?

Example: That man is as tired as a [...] donkey. I thought of the word overridden but I think it means something else.
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SIMILE HELP: Gripping the wheel tightly like [closed]

I need an expression to be a simile to gripping the wheel of a car tightly.
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A simile / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: lifestyle, education, culture, attitudes, socio-economic factors ...
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'Dim as dishwater', or 'dim as ditchwater'? [closed]

Is the normal expression 'as dim as dishwater' or 'as dim as ditchwater? When you google this it comes up as 'dull as dishwater/ditchwater'. There is a difference between being 'dim' and being ...
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“Sober as a judge” vs. “Drunk as a lord”. Why judge? Why lord?

Sober as a judge is a simile that is used for someone completely sober. Drunk as a lord is a simile that is used for someone completely drunk. Why is judge equated with sobriety and lord with ...
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What is the simile for dust? [closed]

What is the simile used when comparing to dust? And what does that comparison imply? Something similar to "as slick as a fox"
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A Simile for a Strenuous activity

Could anyone offer some similes for a strenuous activity. The context is that: you can have all sorts of great ideas at random times and random places but "when you actually sit down and make an ...
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as though Pharaoh should set the Israelites to make a pin instead of a pyramid

From An Apology For Idlers, by Stevenson: And yet you see merchants who go and labour themselves into a great fortune and thence into the bankruptcy court; scribblers who keep scribbling at ...
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Is it “as wonderful as them” or “as wonderful as they”? [duplicate]

I have a few questions on terminology, first, actually, as having the right terminology may have enabled me to answer this question on my own. What is the terminology for such constructs, "as ...
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Should I use “like a…” or “like the one of a…” in the following sentence?

What sounds more natural? This: Her body was warm, like the one of a sunbathing cat. or this? Her body was warm, like a sunbathing cat. (I'm open to other suggestions). EDIT Here's some ...
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Origin of “as useful as a chocolate teapot / fireguard”

I ran across the expression "as useful as a chocolate teapot" (or sometimes a fireguard) which is apparently used to denote the utter uselessness of something. It received some coverage on Language ...
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Make like a banana

In my area, it's not unusual to hear expressions like I'm going to make like a banana and split. ...make like a tree and leave. ...make like a baby and head out. ...make like a prom ...
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Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?

I've observed a figure of speech used heavily by rappers which uses the basic construction of a simile—a "this like that" comparison—when the similarity in the comparison is purely linguistic. That ...
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It's not proper.. no such thing as “unseeming(ing)ly”? [closed]

I'll keep it simple, as I've learned - the hard way - that schtick does NOT go over well, around here. So.... unseemly |ˌənˈsēmlē| adj. (of behavior or actions) not proper or appropriate: an ...
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What is a better way to name “The Wrong Question”?

On StackOverflow.com I often find that people ask questions about problems that arise due to poor design choices (typically due to a lack of knowledge about the particular programming language). For ...
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Does “with the descriptive noun of other noun” count as a simile?

In school, we're taught that similes are analogies using "like" or "as". This is clearly just a mnemonic for a comparison between two distinct objects. Metaphors on the other hand combine the two ...
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Similes and Metaphors - are similes a subset of metaphors?

I've always been taught that metaphors and similes both draw a parallel between two disparate ideas/thoughts/objects, but that a simile is a more explicit comparison using the word "like" or "is", ...