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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."
See also: figure, of, speech

freedom of speech

The right to express one's opinion without censorship or other forms of punishment imposed by the government. In the United States, freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The editor does not want to print my controversial article, but I'm pushing for it to appear in the next issue—what about freedom of speech?
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speech is silver, but silence is golden

An expression that values silence over speech. I would be careful around all those reporters if I were you. Remember: speech is silver, but silence is golden.
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speech is silver, silence is gold

An expression that values silence over speech. I would be careful around all those reporters if I were you. Remember: speech is silver, silence is gold.
See also: gold, silence, speech

speech is silver, silence is golden

An expression that values silence over speech. I would be careful around all those reporters if I were you. Remember: speech is silver, silence is golden.
See also: golden, silence, speech

burst into

1. Also, burst out in or into . Break out into sudden activity. For example, burst into flames means "break out in a fire," as in This dry woodpile may well burst into flames. A version of this term, which dates from the 16th century, was used figuratively by John Milton: "Fame is the spur ... But the fair guerdon [reward] when we hope to find, and think to burst out into sudden blaze" ( Lycidas, 1637).
2. Also, burst out. Give sudden utterance to. For example, burst into tears or laughter or song or speech or burst out crying or laughing or singing , etc. mean "begin suddenly to weep, laugh, sing," and so on, as in When she saw him, she burst into tears, or I burst out laughing when I saw their outfits, or When they brought in the cake, we all burst into song. These terms have been so used since the late 1300s.
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burst into

1. To enter some place suddenly and forcefully: The police burst into the room and conducted a raid.
2. To start doing something suddenly: Sometimes we burst into song while we're hiking in the mountains.
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Campus hate speech policies represent only two percent of the solution.
Supporting a 50,000-word rich vocabulary, this software realizes automatic speech-to-speech interpretation of travel conversation through the development of a new parallel speech recognition method (note 2*) for single-chip processors with several CPU cores, and a compact, lexical-rule-based, machine translation engine that unites dictionaries with grammar (note 3*) that is operable on small devices.
Many design engineers are seeking to add speech recognition to their designs in order to further differentiate product offerings and provide users with a natural, less-complex user interface--particularly in environments where hands-free operation is important.
Because the truly unfettered exercise of free speech can create a "hostile environment" that deprives a category of "historically disadvantaged" students (in this case, women) of being able to participate in the life of the university, such speech must be restricted.
Constitution nor first amendment case law guarantees unconditional freedom of speech and nonverbal expression.
Dysarthria is an impairment in speech skills due to weakness, slowness, and incoordination of muscles in the tongue, lips, or soft palate.
But what if we were to take the monolithic free-speech provision of the First Amendment and break it down into two distinct categories: wealthy speech and cheap speech?
Speech and language skills are essential not only for communication but also for educational achievement.
It lacked the batteries of cameras, millions of dollars worth of satellite time and legions of advisors now required before a speech by a national leader may be considered "major.
Mill's observation applies to the belief in free speech no less than any other belief.
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The clout, power and prestige of speech writing should make business communicators stand up and take notice.