frozen metaphor


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Noun1.frozen 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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When we also refer to delivery of threats and speeches, we are probably using a frozen metaphor that has been incorporated into ordinary speech.
Ellie Ragland (2001) also refers to the frozen metaphors when she discusses Lacan's interpretation of Freud's Beyond the pleasure principle in an article entitled "The psychical nature of trauma".
The frozen metaphors of trauma, darkness and death, buried history and memory, lost generations and deathly silences become open and light.