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two unlike things compared using the words like or as
Ex: The weather is cooking like a barbecue.
two unlike things compared without using the words like or as
Ex: Little snowflake daggers poked my skin.
a word or phrase that does not literally mean what it says; it has some other meaning
Ex: The reporter wanted to know what the buzz is around town.
a complete exaggeration to make a point, often used to create a humorous or mean effect
Ex: The hill was covered with a billion flowers.
an understated idea expressed by two negatives put together
Ex: This is no ordinary drought we're going through this decade.
the act of spelling out the way a sound sounds
Ex: The steam whooshed through the manhole cover.
giving human-like qualities to non-human objects or animals
Ex: The flower stood tall amid the clovers.
an item or thing that represents some larger idea of significance
Ex: The stars and stripes flew high over the harbor.
making a reference to a part of another work of literature or historical story (myths, Bible, etc.)
Ex: It felt like were were living in a Jack London novel that night.
two unlike things being compared with two other unlike things
Ex: Tires carved lines in the snow on the road like sprinters stay in their lanes in a race.
using the same consonant sound to start two or more nearby words in a sentence
Ex: The friendly fog flirted with the water on the lake.
using the same vowel sound in two or more nearby words in a sentence
Ex: Hope is a pole with holes beside so many roads.
using the same consonant sound at the middle or end of two or more nearby words in a sentence
Ex: The sloshing answered wishes I'd treasured since childhood.
when apparently contradictory words appear next to each other
Ex: He came home and the barbed wire fence was found missing.
a word or phrase that is used to stand in for another word
Ex: After leading his countrymen in a revolt, he claimed the throne.
a word or phrase that has a usually comical second meaning
Ex: I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.
using a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risque or indecent
Ex: "Drop your pants here."
a contrast between what is expected and what actually happens
Ex: The fireman was afraid of fire.
saying one thing, but meaning another thing
Ex: The billboard said "Texting while driving kills. Text SAFETY to 98739 for tips."
the use of irony to mock someone or show you think they are lesser
Ex: Drive 50 mph, unless Mr. Important has someplace to be.
a humourous or exaggerated imitation of something
Ex: The Star-Wars themed coffee shop had a sign that said "May the Froth Be With You."
poetry that shares strong feelings about something, exaggerates the good parts, packed with meaning
Ex: "Oh, sunset, flaming machine of eternity!"
a rare figurative language; uses one detail of a person or thing to represent a whole person
Ex: Crowd applauded when the pair of fire sticks took the stage.
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