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dead metaphor

n.
A figure of speech whose metaphorical meaning has become so familiar over time that its literal meaning is forgotten or goes unnoticed, as in arrive at a conclusion or cast a glance.
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Noun1.dead metaphor - a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., `he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word `snake')
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
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There are seven sections, beginning with "Adrenaline," which opens with "Massacre," in which "Massacre is a dead metaphor that is eating my friends, eating them without salt.
1], entering into common parlance about wine and food, becomes a dead metaphor and thus a secondary sense of the lexeme.
13) In A Tale of Two Cities the idiom "shaking in one's shoes" for "being afraid" is literalized when the road mender is said to be shaking "in his wooden shoes" out of fear of Madame Defarge (180), his footgear, ominously contrasting with the elegant shoes made by Doctor Manette in captivity and foreshadowing a combination of dead metaphor and hypallage--when after the outbreak of the Revolutionary terror, the synecdochic Monseigneur "[takes] to his noble heels" (243).
What this paper hopes finally to have demonstrated is that some of history's advances and retreats, some of its new vistas and dead-ends, may be read in the changing fortunes of such humble linguistic elements as a dead metaphor and an obsolete sobriquet, half-buried fragments in the fossil record of literature.
Right at the outset of Fahey's penultimate chapter, "'Ears of Flesh and Blood': Dead Metaphors and Ghostly Figures in Hamlet," she says her reading of poison in the king's ear as a dead metaphor will not be demonstrated by uncontestable proof (140).
With Crane's work, Young identifies "an intrinsic connection between the fictional figure of the Frankenstein monster and the literary figure of the dead metaphor, outlining this connection generally and then in historical relation to late-nineteenth-century American accounts of metaphor" (68-69).
When I go to the site, they say they offer "Research Papers, Term Papers Writing, Dissertations Help, Essays on Dead Metaphor Subjects, Book Reviews, and Thesis Writing.
Blair also acknowledges that the prevalence of the heart in Victorian poetry means that it 'now might seem like a dead metaphor or a sentimental commonplace' (p.
I turned slightly aside to mention a tasteless dead metaphor for immobility: paralyzed.
Built, too, on the dead metaphor in the simple word cloud--"that hill in the sky.
A dead metaphor is a word we use, often a verb and usually for the sake of colorful writing, that no longer calls to mind the word's actual meaning.
Coming upon a dead metaphor, lying on the ground like a thunderstruck mooncalf, most literary critics--it is in our training and nature--will be apt to give it at least a gentle prod with the toe of a boot.