figure of speech

phrase

as in phrase
a sequence of words having a specific meaning "The straw that broke the camel's back" is just a figure of speech, as there's not really a straw and not really a camel.

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“Figure of speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/figure%20of%20speech. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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