Meaning of “metaphor” in the English Dictionary

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metaphornoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmet̬·əˌfɔr, -fər/

literature an expression that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to possess similar characteristics:

[ C ] "A heart of stone" is a metaphor.
adjective us /ˌmet̬·əˈfɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈfɑr-/

metaphorical expressions

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The football metaphor is of no use to us here, ladies and gentlemen: in order to make progress intelligently, the team needs to be mixed.
To use a metaphor: we are all broadly in agreement about the destination of our journey, but the path is very rocky.
However - to use another metaphor - we need to step on the accelerator, because the issue of electromobility affects many policy areas.
Let me use another metaphor.

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