I'm trying to come up with a metaphor for failed.

I failed like a car out of gas.

Something like that or better.

Having trouble thinking of things, anyone out there creative?

  • That's a simile. A metaphor would say that you were a car out of gas.
    – Lawrence
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:32
  • I screwed up like a bolt holding a metal plate to the bottom of a car.
    – Mitch
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:33
  • I blew it like a balloon.
    – Mitch
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:34
  • I messed up like a teenager's bedroom floor.
    – Mitch
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:34
  • I failed like a stupid person on a test.
    – Mitch
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:36

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To be a really apt metaphor, or a simile - since you are using "like", you need to consider more about the "fail".

Did you fail because you didn't try hard enough - "I failed like a kid who didn't study for a test".

Did you fail because it was too much for you - "I failed like a little kid trying to climb Mt Everest."

Did you fail because people didn't help you - "I failed like an actor trying to perform Julius Caesar by herself."

Did you fail because people worked against you - "I failed like a marathon runner dragging a wagon full of kids."

I'm not suggesting any of these similes directly, but suggesting how you can find an appropriate one yourself. Creative writing is finding the combination of words that pleases you. Good luck.

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