Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche

Includes questions about the use of expressions to refer one thing to another. Metaphors are comparisons without the use of the words "like" or "as". Ex: All the world's a stage. Metonymy shows association between two concepts. Ex: The press was banned from the room. (Press, meaning reporters.) Synechdoche is a part or a whole concept described by a single body part. Ex: All hands on deck.

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Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Literary Devices and Figures of Speech
Allegory and Simile

What is the metaphor about someone who is very smart?

Metaphors used about someone perceived to be very smart might include:

[Name is] a real brain surgeon (provided [Name] isn't a real brain surgeon)

[Name is] a genuine rocket scientist (provided [Name] isn't a genuine rocket scientist)

[Name is] a total Einstein

[Name's] brain's an Apple Mac

[Name's] mind is Intel enhanced (provided the person saying this isn't someone who believes the 'Intel Inside' label is known to technicians as the 'Warning Sticker')

You might also want similes about someone who is very smart? There are quite a few, including:

[Name is] a smart cookie

[Name is] so sharp they'll cut themselves

And, all beginning with As…, as in '[Name] is as…

…bright as a button

…bright as a lightbulb

…clever as [name of someone famous for being very clever] - Einstein, and so on

…clever as a cartload [US: wagonload] of monkeys

…clever as a fox

…cute as a fox

…sharp as a [very sharp thing] - tack, razor, or other sharp instrument

…smart as [name of someone famous for being smart] - Einstein, and so on

…smart as a whip

These could all lose the 'As…', and be expressed '[Name is] bright like a lightbulb'; '[Name is] cute like a fox', and so on.

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Sentence and Word Structure
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche

What is a metaphor using happiness?

Happiness is a warm puppy.

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Allegory and Simile
The Difference Between

Is 'The old man's hair was as white as snow' a metaphor or a simile?

It is a simile because it uses the word an. Haha, I had the excact same question on my grammer worksheet in school. \ /

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Allegory and Simile

Fast as lightning is it a metaphor or similie?

It is a simile, they use like or as. Like many similes, you could convert it to a metaphor: "In the ring, his hands became bolts of lightning."

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Allegory and Simile

Simile for 'as long as'?

Here's a good compilation of long things!

As long as the Nile River...

As long as a marathon

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What is a metaphor for someone who is a fast runner?

As fast as a cheetah.

All the athlete runners are fast cheetahs.

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Macbeth

What examples of metonymy is there in Macbeth?

Here's one example: "blood will have blood" (Act 3, Scene 4, line 121); in other words, "a killing will be revenged by another killing."

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Poetry
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Allegory and Simile

What is a simile in Ozymandias?

There is not use of simile in the poem Ozymandias.

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Word Games
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Comparisons

What is a comparison between two things that states that the first thing is the second thing?

A metaphor. Examples of metaphors are: "At night the sea is a black abyss that stretches on through eternity."

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the Sun."

In contrast, a simile is a comparison that uses "like" or "as." A metaphor states that Thing 1 IS Thing 2. A simile merely states that Thing 1 is similar or the same as Thing 2.

Examples of similes are: "Her contemptuous laughter washed over him like a bucket of freezing water."

"He opened his eyes to see her face looming above him in the darkness, as luminous and radiant as the moon hanging in the night sky outside."

metaphor

if it has like in its a simile!!

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Allegory and Simile

What is a simile for moon?

The moon is like a loyal star shining overhead, always present if not always seen.

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Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Allusion and Innuendo

What does dog mean in slang?

homies, people, best friend, associate's.s

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School Subjects
Poetry
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche

What are four forms of a metaphor?

The rain came down in buckets.

(It rained heavily)

He was three bricks short of a load.

(Not right in the head)

I bumped into Jim the morning.

(I met Jim this morning)

He was as black as the ace of spades.

(He was dirty, or the color of his skin was dark)

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Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Allegory and Simile
The Difference Between

What is the difference between simile and metaphor?

A SIMILE is a phrase that describes something in comparison to the characteristics of something else, usually using the words like or as.

Some examples:

He is as sneaky as a weasel.

A book is like a good meal.

Her teeth are like pearls.

A METAPHOR directly compares two things which may be quite different, because one has a characteristic that is similar to the other. It usually uses linking verbs such as is, are, was or were.

Some examples:

That guy is such a snake in the grass.

Her eyes were glowing coals.

That linebacker is a mountain.

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Is Baby you're a firework a metaphor?

yes it is. a metaphor doesn't use like or as

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English Language
Literary Devices and Figures of Speech

How can you find examples of a metaphor in reading passages?

Use of metaphors in the English language is so common that we rarely realise they are being used.

A metaphor is: a descriptive term (a word or expression) applied to an object or action, but the description itself is not literally applicable to the thing being described.

(Note: A metaphor is not to be confused with a simile. A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using the words 'like' or 'as', for example 'as cold as ice'.)

The word metaphor has Latin origins, and means 'carry across, transfer'. A metaphor carries across or transfers the meaning from one situation and applies it to another.

AN EXAMPLE OF A METAPHOR

Someone might refer to 'a glaring error', but errors aren't literally 'glaring', because the word glaring in its literal sense means 'gleaming/shining fiercely/brightly in an uncomfortable way', such as the 'glare of the sun', or 'I was blinded by the glare of the headlights of the oncoming vehicles.' Applying the metaphor 'glaring' to an error means that the error is clearly evident.

IDENTIFYING METAPHORS

To identify metaphors when reading passages, first look for a term that describes something, then see if that term has a more literal meaning, one that is not usually used with reference to the word or situation currently being described. If you can find one, it is probably a metaphor.

Some examples:

he spoke cold words of little comfort

a gene map

a sad willow tree

primordial soup

to bailout the banks

road map to peace

toxic assets

"My new motor bike cost me an arm and a leg, but hey, you should see her fly!"

Metaphoric prose:"The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on."

From the Fog by Carl Sandburg

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Hip-Hop and Rap Music
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Urban Slang

Why do rappers use Slang?

Well mainly, they're usually from the hood aka the streets, they use it because it makes words shorter and cooler to use

Rap is known as the people's music. 85 % of people use slang so how else would rappers as well as other music writers relate to the people unless they spoke their language.

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Allegory and Simile

What is the simile for long?

One is:

As long as the Mississippi River

Hope this is some help to you. :)

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Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche

What does the phrase locked and cocked mean?

Locked and cocked is a term usually associated with a firearm, although it is usually said "Cocked and Locked". This refers to arming the firearm, that is the gun has a bullet chambered and the hammer is cocked and the gun will fire if the trigger is pulled. Locked means the safety is engaged. Cocked, locked and ready to rock is a longer version of the phrase. It just means you are ready. You are fully prepared to do what needs to be done.

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Definitions
Synonyms and Antonyms
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche

What does clumsy mean?

Uncoordinated; lacking dexterity and grace.

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What is a metaphor for being lost?

left behind, out in the darkness, alone, misrable.etc

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Allegory and Simile

What is a good simile for lips?

Smileing 4 lips, Means ur a good kisser

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Jobs & Education
Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Personification

How do you make up your own similes?

To make up your own similes, you need to think of how something can or is like something else. For example, rabbits can be fluffy like clouds. To make a simile out of that, you could say that the rabbit was as fluffy as a cloud. If something makes you happy, and you think the sun is happy, you would say you are as happy as the sun.

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Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
Allegory and Simile

What is a good simile for the word flexible?

As flexible as a willow twig.

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Allegory and Simile
The Difference Between

What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

A SIMILE is a phrase that describes something in comparison to the characteristics of something else, using the words as or like.

Examples: Her hands were as cold as ice. His beard was like sandpaper.

A METAPHOR directly compares two things, which may be quite different, because one has a characteristic that is similar to the other.

Examples: All the world is a stage. The inside of the car was a furnace. His memory of the event was foggy.

Sometimes metaphors compare actions and adjectives by their effect.

Examples : He was boiling mad. You are the sunshine of my life. The truth was hard to swallow.

In many cases, a metaphor is an idiomatic expression when it suggests an improbable action, e.g It was raining cats and dogs. He was rolling in dough.

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Is a metaphor an exaggeration?

In general a metaphor is just a way to think about a subject from a different angle, or to find a vivid way of expressing some idea, however, metaphor is often an exaggeration. If you say, for example, that some obese person is a whale, that is a metaphor and also an exaggeration since even the most obese person does not weigh as much as a whale.

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