: a word or phrase (such as time is running out) that has lost its metaphoric force through common usage
Examples of dead metaphor in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThis shift reminds us that dead metaphors aren’t always terminally dead.
Rob Nixon, Smithsonian, 23 Mar. 2018
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