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a figure of speech

an ​expression that uses words to ​mean something different than what they usually ​mean: You usually use the figure of ​speech "​break a ​leg" to ​wishactors good ​luck.
(Definition of a figure of speech from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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