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figure of speech

noun [C] uk   us   (plural figures of speech)
an expression that uses words to mean something different from their ordinary meaning: "Break a leg" is a figure of speech, meaning "good luck".
Translations of “figure of speech”
in Chinese (Traditional) 修辭格, 修辭手段, 比喻…
in Russian образное выражение…
in Turkish benzetme, yan anlamalı söz, mecaz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 修辞格, 修辞手段, 比喻…
in Polish metafora, figura retoryczna…
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