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metaphor

noun [C/U]    /ˈmet̬·əˌfɔr, -fər/
literature an expression that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to possess similar characteristics: [C] "A heart of stone" is a metaphor. metaphorical    /ˌmet̬·əˈfɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈfɑr-/ adjective metaphorical expressions
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