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English definition of “figure of speech”

figure of speech

noun [C] uk   (plural figures of speech) us  
an expression that uses words to mean something different from their ordinary meaning: 'Get up with the lark' is a figure of speech, meaning 'get out of bed early'.Figurative use of languageSentences and expressions
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