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mixed metaphor

n.
A succession of incongruous metaphors, as in The negotiator played his cards to the hilt.

mixed metaphor

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a combination of incongruous metaphors, as when the Nazi jackboots sing their swan song

mixed′ met′aphor


n.
an expression combining incongruous metaphors, as in putting the ship of state on its feet.
[1790–1800]
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Noun1.mixed metaphor - a combination of two or more metaphors that together produce a ridiculous effect
metaphor - a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
Translations
perronisme
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In previous Word Ways articles, I've distinguished between classic mixed metaphors, which are characterized by incongruous or impossible or ludicrous images, and what I dubbed mashed metaphors, which are awkward juxtapositions, often strings of cliches.
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Long bow,' stuff cuts little ice without an actual smoking gun, if you pardon the mixed metaphors.
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