figure of speech


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figure of speech

A form of expression in language, either spoken or written, that employs nonliteral meaning, unusual construction, or a particular combination of sounds to emphasize or heighten the rhetorical effect. Bob: "Does eating an apple a day really keep doctors away from you?" Doug: "Don't take it so literally, Bob, it's just a figure of speech."
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I really find it hard to believe that a mere figure of speech would necessitate a letter to the GDN.
This was, of course, a figure of speech to emphasize the opportunities of begging in the city.
Rules were broken, yes, but sometimes the result was a phrase or figure of speech that was so apt and descriptive that I didn't dare try to correct them but would want to write their words down in my own journal instead.
NEW YORK, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- To swim with the sharks -- it won't be just a figure of speech, but a real experience for those who follow a suggestion in the June issue of Travel & Leisure magazine.
In the most extreme paroxysms of the critical mythomania, it is even hinted that like Renoir, his predecessor in flesh-painting, he "paints with his penis"--a figure of speech, of course, but powerful one.
Ms Burton added: "In terms of the honour due to the gardai, many of whom have lost their lives or suffered serious injury in defending this State, it would be wise for Deputy Coppinger to remove and resile from the figure of speech she acknowledges she used of 'calling off the dogs'.
Emirati handler Saeed Bin Surour, who has saddled four of Godolphin's six winners of the colt's Classic since it was first run in 2000, is represented by Emirates Flyer, while fellow Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby is two-handed with a three-time Newmarket-scorer Safety Check and the highly regarded Figure Of Speech, a forward Darley homebred by Invincible Spirit.
In trying to hurriedly bring to mind a suitable expression he has used a figure of speech that not only did not express his meaning correctly but is also inappropriate for modern use," she added.
When you find yourself tweeting "sh*thole is just a figure of speech," you really are back-pedalling.
Please note that this is a figure of speech and I am in no way insinuating that the people of Mexico require specs.
Paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase doesn''t quite seem to match up with the first part.
Mr Niblett said: 'I thought it was just a figure of speech.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that associates e word or phrase representing one kind of object with something that is seemingly unrelated, Study the cartoon, and then answer the questions.
Rico Hines, who started in place of the injured Cedric Bozeman, continued his season-long scoring drought - and that's not a figure of speech.
Brown, 35, said it was a figure of speech, a reference to a record the band played.