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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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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Metaphors on personality traits [duplicate]

What are some metaphors to describe a person high in neuroticism i.e one who gets overly stressed and anxious easily at work and also very sensitive
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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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Opposite of “granular”

What is the opposite of "granular" in the following usage? granularity The level of detail considered in a model or decision making process. The greater the granularity, the deeper the ...
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Can text be monotone?

Someone said to me, "Your text is monotone in fashion" and I just simply can't wrap my mind around this statement. If I am wrong, that is okay. Assume it's a metaphor, can this make any sense?
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Term for when people lack the experience or knowledge to understand a metaphor?

A few years back I stumbled upon a term that illuminated my understanding of why some metaphors fall flat. I have waded through the muddy waters of the Internet and have no seen neither hide nor hair ...
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How to describe a person who has many faces inside him [closed]

I need a phrase to describe a person who has many faces such as good, bad, pure soul, kind but also evil. A person who can't be judged or categorised.
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What is the idiom “…and roses”

What is the idiom meaning not everything will be perfect, which ends "it's not all....and roses" ?
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Is a sentence with two literal meanings a metaphor?

Yesterday, the Twitter user @TomLarkinSky tweeted: Metaphor alert: there’s currently no power in the room at No 10 where the PM is going to make her speech. Might delay things a bit. Is this a ...
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What are alternatives or metaphors for the idiom of discovering a “gold mine”?

The context I am writing in is along the lines of: When we can identify and appreciate our emotions, we are able to carefully engage both emotion and cognition in the decision making process which ...
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What is the negative meaning of blank check?

I am familiar with the meaning of blank check as in carte blanche. Receiving a blank check, in this context, is quite a good thing for the recipient (though perhaps not for the issuer). In a ...
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Is this a simile and is this a metaphor?

The sentence is: To live on this farm is to live in the sky and the grass as well as the house. Is "as well as the house" a simile or is it just saying something similar to "including the house"? ...
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What does this quote from “The adventures of Sherlock Holmes” mean? [closed]

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it. ...
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Metaphor for conflict of interest

I'd like a metaphor/allegory which depicts a situation where one is compelled to not act. As an example (of such a situation), a company CEO, surrounded by and probably partial towards protecting ...
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What does “to be a fixture” mean?

In Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of Baskervilles" I've run into an idiom I still cannot quite wrap my head around. In the course of a discussion with Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes says: There is a ...
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A metaphor or easy way to say “definitely produce”

I'm having trouble with a noun or metaphor that has the connotation of "definitely produce without exception." Below is the context. "Note that the tendency to imbue the world with purposes per se ...