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metaphor

A high-level similarity between different things or processes. Metaphors can reflect a deep structural resonance or merely a superficial resemblance; cultural assumptions often rest on metaphors, which can be both incisive and misleading, valuable and dangerous.
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In past Word Ways articles, I've differentiated between true mixed metaphors, which combine incongruous, absurd, or unreal images ("It's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell") and what I call mashed metaphors--where clashing tropes and cliches aren't contradictory or impossible, but which nevertheless create an awkward and ludicrous effect because of their proximity ("Investors smelling trouble can vote with their feet").
But some specimens fail to meet the precise definition of a mixed metaphor.
Murphy explained - in mixed metaphor - how McCoy and his horse helped to bring the best out in each other.
A friend who read that article chastised me because not all the examples I cited meet the strict definition of a mixed metaphor.
It could be the Scots who swing it for Tony Blair but we should not be led down the garden path by this particular red herring, if you'll pardon the mixed metaphor.
To conclude, a remarkable instance of a mixed metaphor that manages the feat of having the metaphors contradict each other:
Another trend is the apparent reluctance of some to be satisfied with one mixed metaphor, preferring a string of them.
As humorous lagniappe, to bracket the real mixed metaphors, I created a few of my own: "I won't attempt to sugarcoat these lead balloons.
My art is basically a composition of mixed metaphors, disconnected, random feelings of both related and unrelated images that come across me, he added.
4) Mixed metaphors are used for a combination of unrelated or incompatible metaphors in a single sentence, such as "This is a virgin field pregnant with possibilities.
Keep your eyes peeled for future copycat triple mixed metaphors, to be known forever as 'Serotas'.
But within these political mixed metaphors, the party workers of both the INLD and HJC are confused with the perceived infidelity of the BJP.