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|part of speech:
||a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to describe one thing in terms of another in a nonliteral way, such as "drowning in work".
||analogy, conceit, figure
||metaphorical (adj.), metaphorically (adv.), metaphoricalness (n.)
The word metaphor
comes from an ancient Greek word that meant "to transfer or carry over to something else." When you use a metaphor, it is as though you are taking the word for one thing and transferring it to another thing that you perceive to be like the first thing.