metaphorical metaphorical  /ˌmɛ tə ˈfɔ rɪ kəl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another

Usage(s):

  1. Carol and Douglas Hofstadler in a mutual nose touching, forming a (metaphorical) "strange loop" in July of 1987 in the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon.
  2. Moreover, it was "a rotten, horrible, unfortunate metaphor," as he put it un-metaphorically in his news conference.
  3. So the important question isn't so much literal (no, we won't run out of gas) as it is metaphorical (will the human species be consumed by our own appetites?).

News

  1. Army veteran Mel Allen walked more than a line in 'Operation Totem Pole'

    Johnny Cash wrote a hit song about walking a metaphorical line. Army veteran Mel Allen could write a catalogue of music based on his “walk.” Allen and his unit, the 196th Regimental Combat Team, walked 872 miles in 1951 as a part of “Operation Totem Pole.” The walk is considered one of the longest recorded modern military marches in history and consisted of troops, trucks and artillery units.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

  2. Allen walked more than a line

    Johnny Cash wrote a hit song about walking a metaphorical line. Army veteran Mel Allen could write a catalogue of music based on his “walk.”
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Newton Daily News

  3. Is the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Really for Real?

    Barely had the metaphorical ink dried on my post last week about the manufactured brouhaha surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts’ nationwide rollout of its doughnut breakfast sandwich when my editor emailed me this link with the subject line, “Have fun!”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Takepart.com via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. Mr Johnson said St George's Day was "an opportunity to celebrate our country's many achievements. As we raise the flag for our metaphorical dragon-slaying patron saint, we can be rightly proud of the ingenuity, creativity, and wit of our fellow...
    on Apr 23, 2010 By: Boris Johnson Source: BBC News

  2. "This is a film whose essential metaphorical thrust is to exculpate Nazi-era Germans from knowing complicity in the Final Solution," Rosenbaum commented in an essay on Slate.com. "The fact that it was recently nominated for a best picture...
    on Feb 16, 2009 By: Ron Rosenbaum Source: AFP

  3. "Even after the passage of congressional mandates and the Administration's own directives, we're still wandering around in a metaphorical desert rather than mapping out a coherent plan," Berman said.
    on Apr 17, 2008 By: Howard Berman Source: Sify

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