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Definition 1: language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for figure of speech in the sense of this definition

(figure of speech is a kind of ...) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) extravagant exaggeration

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) use of a verb with two or more complements, playing on the verb's polysemy, for humorous effect

"`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"

(... is a kind of figure of speech ) representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)

"the flip side of your positive qualities sometimes get out of control" "on the flip side of partnerships he talked about their competition"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) the end or completion of something

"death put a period to his endeavors" "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) the period of finest development, happiness, or beauty

"the golden summer of his life"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) an opening time period

"it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) a later concluding time period

"it was the evening of the Roman Empire"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) an easy accomplishment

"winning the tournament was a cakewalk for him" "invading Iraq won't be a cakewalk"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement

"all the clues led the police into blind alleys" "so far every road that we've been down has turned out to be a blind alley"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) an unexpected hit

"that movie was the sleeper of the summer"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal

"the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer" "scored a bull's eye" "hit the mark" "the president's speech was a home run"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions

"more housecleaning is in store at other accounting firms" "many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) a position of leadership

"the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood

"the writer is the lens through which history can be seen"

(figure of speech is the usage domain for ...) a (future) time of financial need

"I am saving for a rainy day"

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