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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When we do, we are using a figure of speech called euphemism (Yoo-fuh-miz-em).
Among his main rivals is Richard Hannon's unbeaten Shamshon who, like Figure Of Speech, looks a progressive son of the Irish National Stud's star stallion, Invincible Spirit.
I'm really looking forward to Goodwood, where we have Cap O'Rushes, Masterstroke and Figure Of Speech running, and some nice maidens.
I really find it hard to believe that a mere figure of speech would necessitate a letter to the GDN.
Without the suppression of the image, no figure of speech can function.
Forni's approach beautifully complements this scholarship, revealing how in Boccaccio's mind a story can take its shape not only from a pre-existing plot, but also merely from a figure of speech.
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.
A figure of speech in which a number of phrases or sentences are arranged in ascending order of rhetorical forcefulness.
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'.
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part.
That's just a figure of speech, by the way - don't actually try
Please note that this is a figure of speech and I am in no way insinuating that the people of Mexico require specs.