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Figurative Language Definitions and Examples

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idiom
"up the creek without a paddle"

(literal meaning: involving trouble)
onomatopoeia
the use of words that sound like what they mean, such as "hiss," "buzz," "slam," and "boom"
hyperbole
The lottery winner's grin stretched from New York City to Los Angeles.
personification
Even diamonds are jealous of your beauty.
idiom
After kicking a goal Tony felt on top of the world.

(literal meaning: feeling great)
simile
The snow covered hills in the distance were like welcoming pillows to the returning mountain climbers.
personification
The storm stared me and the tree branches looked scared.
idiom
keep your finger's crossed

(literal meaning: to wish for luck for someone or something)
simile
The fog curled over the tombstones like locks of hair.
metaphor
Our lives are grapes, bitter and sweet.
simile
Track coaches look for runners who sprint as fast as cheetahs.
alliteration
Spellbinding stories spin
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Sally sells seashells on the seashore.
personification
The rose stretched her arms out and yawned after a long winter's nap.
personification
When she was at the beach her dress waved in the wind.
onomatopoeia
The thump, boom, bang of my sister hitting tennis balls against our garage door was very irritating.
hyperbole
Many Americans have never-ending bottomless pits on Thanksgiving.
hyperbole
The lunch line reached from the beginning to the end of the Great Wall of China.
metaphor
My binder is an overflowing sea of papers.
Definition of simile
a comparison using like or as
Definition of metaphor
a comparison not using like or as
Definition of idiom
an expression that means something different from what it says
Definition of hyperbole
an EXTREME exaggeration
Definition of alliteration
the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words
Definition of onomatopoeia
a word whose sound suggests it meaning
hyperbole
I told you a million times to open your Chromebook.
metaphor
My daughter was a monster last night before she went to bed.
hyperbole
After Thanksgiving dinner Fred's stomach felt like it was going to burst.