What are four examples of metaphors?


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A metaphor is figure or speech used to express a comparison between two things. For instance, "His face was blank; his movements mechanical and precise," is a metaphor that indicates the subject's face is expressionless, not literally without features. The subclause amplifies this impression.

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The metaphor "Her fingers danced and leapt across the warp and weft of the loom," suggests that the woman is a skilled weaver, not that her fingers actually danced or jumped into the air. Similarly, "When the volcano erupted, the mountain lake became a bubbling cauldron," clearly doesn't mean that the lake became a pot on a fire. Rather, the methaphor provides an image of how the lake looked when it was subjected to the volcano's heat. "Jim has a short fuse," warns that Jim is prone to sudden explosions of anger.

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