from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An expression that uses language in a nonliteral way, such as a metaphor or synecdoche, or in a structured or unusual way, such as anaphora or chiasmus, or that employs sounds, such as alliteration or assonance, to achieve a rhetorical effect.
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- noun idiomatic A word or phrase that
departsfrom straightforward, literallanguage.
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- noun language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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