mixed metaphor

noun

Definition of mixed metaphor

: a figure of speech combining inconsistent or incongruous metaphors

Examples of mixed metaphor in a Sentence

  1. “If we want to get ahead we'll have to iron out the remaining bottlenecks” is an example of a mixed metaphor.

First Known Use of mixed metaphor

circa 1748


MIXED METAPHOR Defined for English Language Learners

mixed metaphor

noun

Definition of mixed metaphor for English Language Learners

  • : a metaphor that combines different images or ideas in a way that is foolish or illogical


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