mixed metaphor Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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mixed metaphornoun [C]

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a ​combination of two or more different metaphors, often ​producing a ​silly or ​humorouseffect: "The new ​job has ​allowed her to ​spread her ​wings and really ​blossom," is a ​mixedmetaphor.
(Definition of mixed metaphor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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in Chinese (Simplified) (愚蠢、滑稽的)混合隐喻…
in Chinese (Traditional) (常產生愚蠢、滑稽效果的)混合隱喻…
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