Simply put, I'd like to know what figure of speech we can classify the phrase "forbidden fruit" under. I've searched online and couldn't find anything concise.

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    In the normal usage, actual fruit is not involved, so this is a metaphor. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '18 at 16:52
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    @EdwinAshworth: One could say the original biblical forbidden fruit was "knowledge" itself (since it came from "the tree of knowledge", as I recall). But per Cambridge Dictionaries, it's now defined as something, especially something sexual, that is even more attractive because it is not allowed. In which context I note [strange] fruit (often associated with non-hetero sexuality). And there's also fruity = risqué, indecent, suggestive, racy, blue, sexy, ripe, spicy. Fruit is hot! – FumbleFingers Jun 2 '18 at 17:15
  • Such metaphore is an"allegory" (a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another). – Graffito Jun 2 '18 at 18:04
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    @FF The only reasonable explanation I've heard was that it was real fruit from a real tree, and that disobeying the one then given law was tantamount to man asserting that he himself was entitled and competent to be the final arbiter in evaluating good and evil. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '18 at 18:26
  • While most associate the fruit Eve gave to Adam as an apple, Biblical scholars usually associate it with the banana and its related imagery linked to the phallus. – K Dog Jun 2 '18 at 18:41

forbidden fruit - a metaphorical phrase macmillan

something very nice that you want very much but are not allowed to have

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