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metaphor

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmet.ə.fɔːr/ us    /ˈmet̬.ə.fɔːr/
C2 an expression, often found in literature, that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to have similar characteristics to that person or object: 'The mind is an ocean' and 'the city is a jungle' are both metaphors. Metaphor and simile are the most commonly used figures of speech in everyday language.
(Definition of metaphor from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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