37 terms

Wilson West Figurative Language

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IDIOM
An expression or phrase that is not interpreted literally... The phrase is understood as to mean something quite different from what individual words of the phrase would imply.
IDIOM
"I was on top of the world after we won the game."
ONOMATOPOEIA
Refers to words whose pronunciations imitate the actual sound that is being described....
ONOMATOPOEIA
bang, crash, zoom, smack, buzz
SIMILE
An expression where 2 things that are not the same are compared using the word "like" or "as"... The comparision is followed by a figurative example.
SIMILE
"The car drove by like a flash of lightning."
METAPHOR
An expression that makes a comparison between 2 things that are not actually the same... The reader understands that it's a comparison that is not to be taken literally.
METAPHOR
Mary is a shining star.
HYPERBOLE
An obvious and extreme exaggeration... It is used in order to stir up a strong emotion or response in the reader. The expression should not be taken literally.
HYPERBOLE
Home felt a million miles away.
PERSONIFICATION
A thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes... The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings.
PERSONIFICATION
The leaves danced in the autumn wind.
ALLITERATION
A useful sound device found in many types of literature but mostly in poetry.... It occurs when 3 or more words in a line of poetry or a sentence begin with the same sound.
ALLITERATION
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
PERSONIFICATION
The words came to life as she read the story.
IDIOM
Thank goodness I have my umbrella because it's raining cats and dogs!
PERSONIFICATION
The bees played hide and seek with the flowers as they buzzed from one to another.
IDIOM
I'm not about to open that can of worms.
SIMILE
The man held the blanket like a memory.
ALLITERATION
Alison's aunt ate apples and acorns around August.
HYPERBOLE
Sarah drank from a bottomless glass of Kool Aid.
METAPHOR
Scars are the roadmap to the soul.
SIMILE
The children ran like ripples through water.
PERSONIFICATION
The ivy wove its fingers around the fence.
IDIOM
Be kind. Don't rub salt in the wound.
HYPERBOLE
I'm so broke that I don't have 2 cents to rub together.
IDIOM
You're barking up the wrong tree.
SIMILE
The curtains move as with an ancient pain.
IDIOM
You hit the nail on the head.
ALLITERATION
Tim took tons of tools to make toys for tots.
METAPHOR
Her eyes were fireflies flickering with joy.
HYPERBOLE
Her brain is the size of a pea.
METAPHOR
The promise between us was a delicate flower.
SIMILE
The town was buzzing like a beehive.
HYPERBOLE
I could listen to that song on repeat forever.
PERSONIFICATION
Most pianos have pretty good manners but Stephan can make them sound rude.
METAPHOR
Her home was a prison and her parents were the guards.

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