Figurative Language Definitions and Examples
"up the creek without a paddle"
(literal meaning: involving trouble)
the use of words that sound like what they mean, such as "hiss," "buzz," "slam," and "boom"
The lottery winner's grin stretched from New York City to Los Angeles.
Even diamonds are jealous of your beauty.
After kicking a goal Tony felt on top of the world.
(literal meaning: feeling great)
The snow covered hills in the distance were like welcoming pillows to the returning mountain climbers.
The storm stared me and the tree branches looked scared.
keep your finger's crossed
(literal meaning: to wish for luck for someone or something)
The fog curled over the tombstones like locks of hair.
Our lives are grapes, bitter and sweet.
Track coaches look for runners who sprint as fast as cheetahs.
Spellbinding stories spin
Sally sells seashells on the seashore.
The rose stretched her arms out and yawned after a long winter's nap.
When she was at the beach her dress waved in the wind.
The thump, boom, bang of my sister hitting tennis balls against our garage door was very irritating.
Many Americans have never-ending bottomless pits on Thanksgiving.
The lunch line reached from the beginning to the end of the Great Wall of China.
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
I told you a million times to open your Chromebook.
My daughter was a monster last night before she went to bed.
After Thanksgiving dinner Fred's stomach felt like it was going to burst.
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