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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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"Obviously, I was speaking metaphorically. That was clear to the audience.
Club Med has rebranded itself in recent years, moving literally and metaphorically from its simple but innovative '60s formula: European sun, sea, sand and je ne sais quoi for grown-ups escaping from children or oldies (then defined as anyone over the age of 30).
I am happy to say that thanks to Jane Ng in NZNO's membership team, who obliged me with extra issues, I can now metaphorically have my cake and eat it too.
A home is your "best investment" only metaphorically when it helps you provide an environment in which you and your family can live a comfortable life.
Her designs have illuminated, both physically and metaphorically, the works of Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Jiri Kylian, and most recently, Christopher Wheeldon.
One of the themes implicit in the Easter season is that of our living "between the times." We spoke of this metaphorically five weeks ago, in describing Acts and Revelation as ripples emanating from the historical and eschatological Easters, such that we who live between them are pushed and pulled by both.
Keeping things clean and orderly is satisfying work, both metaphorically and realistically.
FOR CENTURIES THE OCEAN AND GOD have been linked metaphorically. Jane Frances de Chantal wrote of losing oneself "in the ocean of the divine goodness." Therese of Lisieux broadened the scope, referring to a soul plunging itself "into the shoreless ocean" of God's love.
By the 1850s, 'trained' with 'knowledge' (which Rice notes was of little value to them on the job), they gained new authority as men of superior moral standing who could 'mange' the machine, and metaphorically, the hand worker.
Augusten Burroughs can also be seen completely naked, though only metaphorically, in his new collection, Possible Side Effects.
Lampblack & Ash is an emotionally engaging collection of metaphorically intense poetry by Simone Muench delving deep into the intricacies of the poet's ever resplendent mind.
David Collins: From the bottom of North Carolina, and I guess geographically metaphorically the bottom of a whiskey bottle and a bag of grass.