dead metaphor


Definition of dead metaphor

: a word or phrase (such as time is running out) that has lost its metaphoric force through common usage

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Recent Examples on the Web This shift reminds us that dead metaphors aren’t always terminally dead. Rob Nixon, Smithsonian, "Climate Change Can Also Transform Language," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dead metaphor

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Dead metaphor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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