- Examples of usage:
- By the vulgar mistake of a metaphor for a real being of a word for a thing it became a man endowed with human qualities and governing the universe as an earthly monarch governs his kingdom - "The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Volume III" by Percy Bysshe Shelley Edited by Thomas Hutchinson, M. A.
- Your metaphor is an insult to natural instincts - "At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
- The greatest proof that Cromwell was really a statesman and not a mere political emergency man of unusual character and ability is that in his last years he was evidently seeing more and more plainly that the right metaphor for a statesman is taken from grafting and not from root and branch operations - "Milton" by John Bailey
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