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metaphor (noun) implied comparison.

Metaphor is a way of saying in which one thing is compared with another having some similarities. To say that a man is a lion in fighting is to use a metaphor. 'The camel is the ship of the desert,' is a good example of a metaphor. Here the camel is compared to a ship. If the ship helps us cross the sea, the camel helps us to cross the desert.

  • Poets use a lot of metaphors to make their meanings clear. Expressions like 'The sea of life,' 'Life is not a bed of roses but of thorns,' etc., are examples of metaphors.
  • 'John is wading through a sea of books for the material he needs for his research.' This sentence makes use of the metaphor, 'Wading through a sea of books.'
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