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dead metaphor


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dead metaphor a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., `he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word `snake')
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In literature:

What is it that the men are trying to say in this awful, flaming, blackening metaphor of wishing Lord Devonport dead?
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
It is scarcely metaphorical to say so, for every glance left a cold, deadly feeling behind.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The literal text proved for him a dead letter, and this practical commentator died by a metaphor.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli

In news:

As off today- the Rabbit Ears are dead - metaphorically.
Dead metaphors may be clichés, but not all clichés are dead metaphors.
Aren't clichés actually dead metaphors or similes.
The Burlington County Times published an editorial with a tricky title ("Fights of the living dead," June 22) and baseball metaphors.