from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or
- noun One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A figure of speech by which, from some supposed resemblance or analogy, a name, an attribute, or an action belonging to or characteristic of one object is assigned to another to which it is not literally applicable; the figurative transfer of a descriptive or affirmative word or phrase from one thing to another; implied comparison by transference of terms: as, the ship spread its wings to the breeze; “Judah is a lion's whelp,” Gen. xlix. 9.
- noun Synonyms Comparison, Allegory.etc. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Rhet.) The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable, rhetoric The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isn’t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a
- noun countable, rhetoric The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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-- If what is begun as a metaphor is not completed as begun, but is completed by a part of another metaphor or by plain language, we have what, is called a _mixed metaphor_.
Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition Brainerd Kellogg
How about "Lions Led By Asses" as a less-encumbered rephrasing of the title metaphor and is probably what the original Brit bon-moticist had in mind IMHO?
Lions Led by Donkeys Rogers 2006
Never straying too far from the title metaphor, Sting depicts the rise and fall of human fortunes and emotions, the cycles of despair and hope as reliable as day after night, spring after winter, warm after cold.
Mercury Falling 1996
Well the metaphor is a dangerous one if we extend it to the British School of soccer management.
My books are not quite the same as my children, but the metaphor is the best I can muster – I really am bothered when people say negative things about my children – I want to protect them.
And then he whacks the villain before you can say the word metaphor.
Rapture Ready! Daniel Radosh 2008
Our visions of what our society is, what it could be, and what it should be, are all structures of metaphor, because the metaphor is the unit of all imagination.
"A lot of science-fiction will use the word metaphor - that their spaceship is a metaphor for human society," he continues.
The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed JOSHUA OSTROFF 2011
The word "metaphor" comes from the Greek and means "to carry beyond."
unknown title 2008
Weidenbaum: It’s interesting talking to you, because you use the term metaphor but you don’t speak in metaphors.