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metaphorical

adjective uk   /ˌmet.əˈfɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us    /ˌmet̬.əˈfɑːr-/ (also metaphoric)
describes language that contains metaphors: Her second novel is written in a very metaphorical style. not having real existence but representing some truth about a situation or other subject: A metaphorical ocean (= extremely large area of disagreement) lies between the two groups. There is a danger that America's metaphoric 'war on drugs' may turn into a bloody reality.
metaphorically
adverb uk   /-kəl.i/ us  
The phrase 'born again' is used metaphorically to mean that someone has suddenly become very religious. By leaving school without any qualifications, she has, metaphorically speaking, shot herself in the foot (= harmed her chances of success).
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