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Metaphor: A Definition

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'A metaphor is an implied analogy that imaginatively identifies one object (or person) with another and ascribes to the first object one or more of the qualities of the second,' (from A Handbook to Literature, ed. C. Hugh Holman, The Odyssey Press). A good political example is Ronald Reagan's famous sound bite: 'welfare queens.' This combination of words or frames, 'welfare' and 'queens' implies a little story that says that everyone on welfare is acting like a queen, at the taxpayer's expense. For more, see the sections on metaphor in Selected Sources and Links

See also: Some Ways Metaphors Appear in Sentences