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Figurative Language II. Metonymy. This is a type of metaphor in which something closely associated with another thing is named instead of the other thing. Example: The pen is mightier than the sword. Synecdoche.

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metonymy
Metonymy
  • This is a type of metaphor in which something closely associated with another thing is named instead of the other thing.
  • Example: The pen is mightier than the sword.
synecdoche
Synecdoche
  • This is also a metaphor of substitution. In this a part of the subject is substituted for the whole or a whole for the part.
  • Example: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day: teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
  • Hop into my buggy and we will take a spin around the countryside. (Let’s get in the car and go for a ride.)
personification
Personification
  • This gives human attributes to animals, objects, or ideas.
  • The car moaned and groaned as it bounced down the country road.
clich an overused expression
ClichéAn overused expression.

As free as a bird

Dead as a doornail

Gentle as a lamb

Happy as a clam

Out like a light

Sit on the fence

  • Slept like a log
  • Smooth sailing
  • The bottom line
  • The crack of dawn
  • The jaws of defeat
  • Toot your own horn