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English definition of “mixed metaphor”

mixed metaphor

noun [C]    
a combination of two or more different metaphors , often producing a silly or humorous effect : "The new job has allowed her to spread her wings and really blossom ," is a mixed metaphor .Figurative use of language
(Definition of mixed metaphor noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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