Examples of metaphor in a Sentence
- You see, menudo is our chicken soup for the body and soul, our metaphor for bread-and-butter issues. —Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury News, 20 May 2003
- The hapless Humpty Dumpty often crops up as a metaphor for the second law of thermodynamics. —Charles Day, Physics Today, December 2002
- Ben Strong, senior, football player, leader of the prayer group, the boy whose very name is a metaphor, has been besieged by the media for interviews. —Jayne Anne Phillips, Harper's, November 1998
- The number of songs containing ambiguous metaphors and intriguing but obscure symbolism could be extended indefinitely. Still, … there are hollers, work songs, field songs, and blues whose meaning is really not subject to a great deal of interpretation. —Lawrence W. Levine, "The Concept of the New Negro," 1971, in The Unpredictable Past, 1993
“He was drowning in paperwork” is a metaphor in which having to deal with a lot of paperwork is being compared to drowning in an ocean of water.
Her poems include many imaginative metaphors.
a poet admired for her use of metaphor
Recent Examples of metaphor from the Web
Did John Schnatter, Republican donor, intend his creations to be Marxist metaphors?
And whereas Snead might view the velocipede as a vehicle on which to multitask, a more cynical observer could find a metaphor here for the GM’s tenure.
Is this accent on Felt’s towering stature a metaphor or a prescient allusion to James Comey?
According to Madonna, her comments about destroying the White House were only spoken in metaphor.
Domain names were treated like real estate, another reason the metaphor of a welcoming entrance felt logical.
The metaphors and design elements that work with controllers, mice, and keyboards are all well established and well understood by both developers and players alike.
The camerawork conveys a beautiful sense of order—a visual metaphor for the orderliness that fascist leaders promised to deliver.
That's actually not true, but stick with us on the metaphor anyway.
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simile vs. metaphor
Many people have trouble distinguishing between simile and metaphor. A glance at their Latin and Greek roots offers a simple way of telling these two closely-related figures of speech apart. Simile comes from the Latin word similis (meaning “similar, like”), which seems fitting, since the comparison indicated by a simile will typically contain the words as or like. Metaphor, on the other hand, comes from the Greek word metapherein (“to transfer”), which is also fitting, since a metaphor is used in place of something. “My love is like a red, red rose” is a simile, and “love is a rose” is a metaphor.
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