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metaphorical

adjective uk   /ˌmet.əˈfɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us    /ˌmet̬.əˈfɑːr-/ ( also metaphoric )
Metaphorical language 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 accepted Jesus as God and become a Christian. By leaving school without any qualifications, she has, metaphorically speaking, shot herself in the foot (= harmed her chances of success).
Translations of “metaphorical”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使用隱喻的, 比喻性的,比喻意義上的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使用隐喻的, 比喻性的,比喻意义上的…
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