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n. pl. met·a·lep·ses (-sēz′)
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase makes indirect reference to another figure of speech. For example, in "His new leaf turned out to be short-lived, and his life spiraled back out of control," "new leaf" alludes to the expression "turn over a new leaf."
2. A narrative device that involves transgressing the boundary between a fictional world and the real world or between two discrete fictional worlds, as when a character from one TV series makes an appearance in a different series.

[Latin metalēpsis, from Greek, alternation, succession, the use of one word for another, from metalambanein, metalēp-, to take instead, substitute, receive in succession : meta-, meta- + lambanein, lēp-, to take.]


a rhetorical device in which a word that is used figuratively is taken through a succession of its different meanings or two or more tropes are united in the use of a single word. — metaleptic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.metalepsis - substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
metonymy - substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
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* Don't be a lead foot -- accelerate gradually, AAA advises.
Acceleration is controlled and behaved, even if you have a lead foot. That may be because it weighs close to 1.7 tons by itself.
18, a video was uploaded on the Facebook group Breaking News Commune (?????) which shows a foolish lead foot smash his car into the pillar of an overpass on Huanzhong Road in Taichung City's Xitun District.
They adopt a cautious and exaggerated stepping strategy, it said, which involves lifting their lead foot higher and slower over the obstacle to reduce the risk of tripping.
Throughout the swing, effort must be made in order to transfer the weight to the lead foot. From the top of the back swing the lead hip starts this motion, then the torso will follow finishing with full weight on the forward foot.
The 2018 edition carries over from the present model but with a few new colour choices, including Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Lead Foot Gray.
Caption: Lead foot Before Claus Riedel pioneered his new glassware in 1958, people drank wine from heavy-cut goblets like this one,
For even bigger action, there are four Large Character Vehicles ($14.99 each), standing four inches high and five inches long: Zoom Zombie, CrocPot, Lead Foot, and Flattop Frank.
and I think I had a little bit of a lead foot." He continued, "Any new technology that makes driving safer is important to me."
Put your weight on the lead foot and maintain the triangle
If you have a lead foot and have a poor record when it comes to keeping to the speed limits, then it makes sense that you ought to pay more -- if you speed, you are a danger to yourself and other road users.
Probably because he's got a lead foot the rest of the time.