Questions tagged [metaphors]

A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. e.g., "Her eyes were glistening jewels."

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Alternatives to “simpler is better”?

I've been thinking about idioms, metaphors, and phrases one could use in a conversation to convey the idea that simpler is better. I came up with a few: "Don't scratch your left ear with your right ...
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Epithet, Stylistic Device

Can you please tell me whether in the following sentence the naked light is an epithet or not, thanks in advance. I lived by night and shunned the naked light of day.
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Word for when something makes something else seems smaller in a relative manner

I'm trying to think of a word that is somehow alluding me. Imagine two people are speaking loudly, but then a third person begins shouting even louder. The third persons voice has made the other two ...
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“It's not a lottery ticket I'd like to buy.” - idiom or metaphor?

Is "It's not a lottery ticket I'd like to buy" an example of an idiom or a metaphor in this extract? Or could it be something different altogether? Context: Despite the chance that people may be ...
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What’s phrase that people use to eat as much as you want? [closed]

I love expressions and phrases. But I was wondering and I could recall that when parents have their children eat, there are those who force the food down their throats and those who let them eat as ...
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Metaphor for creativity

What is a good metaphor for a person that is creative, or for creativity in general? I find nothing when searching and nothing really comes to my mind? Help appreciated!
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What's the meaning & story behind this `Streisand`?

I saw following paragraph from: https://basecamp.com/gettingreal/16.1-start-your-engines You need people who are passionate about what they do. People who care about their craft — and actually ...
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Can we use “next of kin” for things as a metaphor?

Wheat has been man's next of kin. Does this sentence make sense to native English speakers?? It's supposed to be a simile, meaning wheat is like family to humans. It's a translated sentence from a ...
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Is there a word for somone who constantly speaks their mind? [duplicate]

In this pandemic there are a lot of people who are speaking their mind without restraint. So, I was thinking about what phrase would describe that. I felt it had to do with like “open spout" or "...
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Mirages and other metaphors

The word mirage, when used metaphorically, can mean a false hope of a desperate person. But it would also seem to make sense to use that metaphor to mean an initial appearance that vanishes on closer ...
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Where does the concept of “big brother sees you” come from? [closed]

I don't mean the metaphor "big brother" or "Big Brother" as in the government or other powerful entity. I mean the original meaning of "big brother sees you". I am a big brother. Or was. I never ...
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Is “The blue boat is an extension of my legs” a metaphor?

In the book "The Kayak" by Debbie Spring comes the sentence, "The blue boat is an extension of my legs." Is this phrase an example of a metaphor?
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Metaphor example

On my daughter’s homework she was supposed to write a sentence with a metaphor in. She wrote: “After engaging in a 30-second battle with the chimney, a man dressed in red....” It was marked wrong ...
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What is "soured aesthetic“?

I read the line from this article. https://www.frameawards.com/project/3004210-wemarket Can someone explain what does "common soured aesthetic" mean in the last paragraph? and, "This buzz associated ...
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Metaphor or Hyperbole: The strength given by my mother is bigger than the cosmic energy in this cosmos

This question appeared on a verbal test. I could only mark one option but I think both of them are a good fit. This is a metaphor as there is a comparison between two unlike things. This should also ...
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Unrelated actions

I'm looking for a word that describes the choice between two unrelated actions. Example "do you walk to school or take your lunch?" The word sounds like non-secular or noncircular.
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Looking for a word meaning “two things maximally mirror each other in symbolism”

I am looking for a word to describe the situation where two things are highly analogous, or parallel in symbolism, meaning, interpretation or purpose. In the field of biology, we say that two ...
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The dog started barking after the thief had left the place six months ago [duplicate]

It is like a dog barking six months after the thief left. This is an Indian Idiom and is used when someone fails to do their duty at the right time and makes unnecessary fuss very late after the ...
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Does the barking of a dog diminish the value of a priest? [duplicate]

Does a barking of a dog diminish the value of a priest? The above is an Idiom from Indian languages.A dog stands metophorically for the inferior people.The priest stands for ...
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Why did Asquith LJ metaphorize unaccepted repudiation as 'a thing writ in water'?

O'Sullivan & Hilliard's The Law of Contract (2018 8 ed). p. 373. 15.50 It was famously declared in Howard v Pickford Tool Co Ltd (1951) that an ‘unaccepted repudiation is a thing writ in ...
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2 possible outcomes: 1 strongly desired

I'm looking for a powerful way to describe the fact that -after performing a certain activity- there are only two possible outcomes: 1) It's a great success (only in 20% of cases) 2) It's of no or ...
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Does the metaphor “Swiss Army knife” have a negative connotation?

I've always understood the Swiss Army knife metaphor as it describes something to be generally useful, multi-purpose, and adaptable. Recently when reading an article, a commenter used this metaphor 1....
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I'm looking for a specific idiom/metaphor used in a business context

I work in business and I have a vendor providing a service and product for me. The vendor is self-reporting that what they are providing is correct and accurate (versus a third-party auditor ...
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The meaning of “April moon” [closed]

There are words in the song "Mad about You" by Sting A stone's throw from Jerusalem I walked a lonely mile in the moonlight And though a million stars were shining My heart was lost on a ...
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Properly transfer quote “stars should shine” into English

In Russian there is a sentence that can be directly translated as: "Stars should shine". But the nature of this statement means that talents should be exposed. Is it applicable in English to have this ...
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Field Guide meaning

There is a book by George Lakoff named "More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor" I wonder what "Field Guide" means here. In Wikipedia it is mentioned that: A field guide is a book ...
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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but with a more negative connotation [duplicate]

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It means: what matters is what something is, not what it's called. I feel like this phrase has a very positive ...
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What do we call the relationship between something (the design) and another thing (the reference)

Sorry for the poorly written title, cannot think of how to write it better. I am looking for a word or phrase that roughly means "metaphorical environment". I'll explain: The email system and ...
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Is this an analogy or metaphor or what? [duplicate]

From mathematics: "Tensors eat vectors and spit out numbers." Is this an analogy, metaphor or other named figure of speech?
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help with metaphor [closed]

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?
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Top dog v Dark horse meaning difference [closed]

Could someone explain the difference between these 2 above please? Upon its win does a dark horse then become a top dog? Would a dark horse be more similar to an underdog?
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Is there an English metaphor/saying for this expression?

I'm translating a book and the author has written down a saying that can be translated literally as "If you want to hit a dog you can easily/quickly find a stick" Like, if I wanted to hit a dog, ...
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Is there another way to say, “drive the point in further?” or belabor the point?"

In a work I am writing, two characters are having a discussion that becomes quite heated. The man makes an observation about the woman that is less than flattering and then while she's still ...
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Meaning of quote from 'God Emperor of Dune'

I'm trying to understand the meaning of a quote from the 1981 science fiction novel 'God Emperor of Dune' by Frank Herbert. The quote is; If it falls outside your yardsticks, then you are engaged ...
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Metaphor or idiom?

My partner and I were discussing rearranging our bedroom. He said that moving the bed would be "a big lift". The conversation continued and he referred to "a big lift" as an idiom. I replied that ...
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Older equivalent to “concrete thought” metaphor?

What came first, concrete as a way to express a solid thought, or concrete as a solid building material? And what I am really getting at is, prior to the invention of concrete as a building material, ...
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what is a single word metaphor for fast and cheap [closed]

I need a word or phrase that will describe something as fast and cheap (ie; fast and cheap service)
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Is the phrase “bled our country dry” a metaphor? Or some other figure of speech?

Is the phrase "bled our country dry" a metaphor? Or some other figure of speech? Context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ_eV2TRlOg&t=175s
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Meaning of “take a knee”

Ice Cube's intro in his newest album starts with Yeah, you know me. Super OG. Always down to take a knee. What does this last sentence mean? He won‘t literally take someone’s knee I guess..
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Is 'broad and narrow features' metaphorical?

When I say broad features and narrow features, are the "broad" and "narrow" here metaphors for "general" and "specific" or do they mean "big" and "small"? Supposing broad features of the American ...
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What is meant by “mushroom grandeur” in this context?

What is meant by "mushroom grandeur" in this context? Is it metaphorically means instant, like how mushroom blooms? "What do you think of that?'' asked his expressive little eyes, when something ...
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“Getting somewhere with one's life” meaning

In More than Cool Reason book by George Lakoff, I came up with the phrase "Getting somewhere with one's life" which I don't know the meaning. Here is the whole sentence: First, without such a ...
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What is a good metaphor/analogy/idiom espousing the virtues of “developing something gradually over time”? [closed]

My question specifically relates to learning a new skill. Which could be used in the following example: An aspiring athlete trains for an hour each day without feeling like she is making much ...
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Does “expecting” mean “pregnant” exactly?

The term expecting is often used as if it means "pregnant", as shown by Merriam-Webster (for the verb expect) 3 : to be pregnant : await the birth of one's child —used in progressive tenses she's ...
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Metaphor or Simile?

Is this a metaphor or simile? You'll get kicked out of the Saloon faster than a card shark can shuffle.
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What's the word for “expressing something completely unfamiliar in familiar terms”?

When a speaker is trying to express something that does not have the right representation is his language or even environment, they use something resembling an analogy or a metaphor. For example, ...
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Is “The Infinite” a metaphor that can refer to God?

First, I am not entirely sure this can be viewed as a metaphor, but I feel this is an edge case, because like the "Absolute" it refers to a quality of God, but "Infinite" even if it's a quality of God,...
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What is a metaphor for easily offended people [closed]

I'm writing a rant and need to include metaphors, my rant is about easily offended, people. Lay your knowledge on me, please!!! It needs to be a metaphor and not just a saying or phrase. An example ...
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Are analogies and metaphors both forms of comparison, with analogies being analytical thinking and metaphors being creative or lateral thinking?

Apologies for this one (I know it's been discussed quite a lot) but I've read quite a few of the responses on the difference between an analogy and a metaphor and just wanted to make sure I was on the ...
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“hold on I'll put you through” or “hang on I'll put you through”

Hello, this is Melanie Brown from Central Bank. Can I speak to Mr. Clark? Please (hold on / hang on) I'll put you through. Which one - hold on or hang on - is the more appropriate, frequently ...

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