What Is a Figure of Speech? (with Examples)A figure of speech is an expression in which the words are not used in their literal sense.
A figure of speech is designed to portray an idea more clearly or more interestingly. The most common types of figures of speech are metaphors, similes, idioms, personification, hyperbole, and euphemisms
Note: Some sources do not differentiate between a figure of speech and figurative language. As the term figurative language includes techniques that might employ the literal meanings of words (e.g., alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia), an alternative definition for figure of speech is the use of words in an unusual or imaginative manner.
Examples of Figures of SpeechHere are some examples of figures of speech in the categories which most commonly employ words in their non-literal meaning:
- This bedroom is a prison.
- He's a real gannet.
- He listened with a stone face.
- We don't need dinosaurs in this company.
- He eats like a gannet.
- This sandwich tastes like sawdust between two doormats.
- She sings like an angel.
- It's like water off a duck's back.
- The tide waits for no man.
- My car tends to give up on long hills.
- Summer's healing rays
- I have a million problems.
- We won a tonne of cash.
- I'll die if I don't finish this crossword.
- Be careful not to miss the boat.
- This is the last straw.
- You can't pull the wool over my eyes.
- Don't sit on the fence. Say what you mean.
- kicked the bucket = has died
- knocked up = is pregnant
- letting you go = you're fired
- lost his marbles = is mad
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