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“mix your metaphors” in British English

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mix your metaphors

to combine two or more metaphors, often producing a silly or humorous effect:

Mixing his metaphors, he described the problem by saying "We've opened up a can of worms here, and now we have to get the genie back in the bottle".

(Definition of “mix your metaphors” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)