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metaphor/ˈmɛtəˌfoɚ/
British/ˈmɛtəfə/noun
pluralmetaphors
metaphor
/ˈmɛtəˌfoɚ/British/ˈmɛtəfə/
noun
pluralmetaphors
Learner's definition of METAPHOR  
: a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar
[count]
[noncount]
— compare similesee also mixed metaphor
[count] : an object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol of something else— often + for

— metaphorical

/ˌmɛtəˈforɪkəl/adjective

— metaphorically

/ˌmɛtəˈforɪkli/adverb
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