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metaphor

noun [C/U]  /ˈmet̬·əˌfɔr, -fər/ us  
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
adjective  /ˌmet̬·əˈfɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈfɑr-/ us  
metaphorical expressions
(Definition of metaphor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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