Your Guide to Idioms, Metaphors & Similes
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Idioms are phrases or expressions whose meanings cannot be understood from the individual words used, but instead have a figurative or symbolic meaning. They are often culturally specific and can be puzzling to those unfamiliar with them.
Similes are figures of speech that compare two unlike things using “like” or “as” to highlight a particular quality or characteristic. They create vivid imagery by drawing parallels between two different objects or concepts.
Metaphors are figures of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable, suggesting a resemblance or analogy. Unlike similes, metaphors do not use “like” or “as” but instead make a direct comparison.
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