mixed metaphor


Definition of mixed metaphor

: a figure of speech combining inconsistent or incongruous metaphors

Examples of mixed metaphor in a Sentence

“If we want to get ahead we'll have to iron out the remaining bottlenecks” is an example of a mixed metaphor.
Recent Examples on the Web Yes, a mixed metaphor, but that essentially is what has been in play to this stage. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Those smoldering embers of shortcomings, now and particularly in the postseason, always hover — a mixed metaphor, admittedly — over some and consistently haunt others. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Jan. 2022 Eye strain, like neck, back, or wrist strain, is nothing to be sneezed at, to use a very mixed metaphor. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2020 Chloe mixed metaphors while describing herself as not smart. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 18 Apr. 2020 But some mixed metaphors are too fun to block, as the writers of Succession’s deliciously nonsensical banter know well. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2019 To walk up steep sand dunes in the woods is to experience one of Mother Nature’s best topographical mixed metaphors — and also to make your calves remind you of their daily contribution. New York Times, 17 July 2019 Pardon the mixed metaphor, but Team Shuster is on a roll. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of mixed metaphor

circa 1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mixed metaphor was circa 1748

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Last Updated

3 May 2022

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“Mixed metaphor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed%20metaphor. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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