Giving inanimate objects human characteristics
Making a comparison using like or as
Making a comparison without using like or as
Exaggerating to make a point or express emotion
Expressing with less strength than is expected
The leaves waved in the sunlight
I was only gone for a second
metaphor and personification
The moon, a pizza in the sky, fed me.
simile and hyperbole
My best friend was like a rare jewel and I wouldn't trade her in for a million dollars.
Like two thieves in the night, we creeped through the blackness
I was a small kid, thin as a young tree
the faces of the clouds were piled up
The game took a bite out of my ego
the silence hung in the air; a heavy burden for us to share
understatement and metaphor
it was the size of a gnat's eyelash, but you'd have thought she was wearing a full carat.