I think I'll get back into the saddle a little – figuratively speaking.
Apart from its scriptural usage, the word is applied to any gigantic marine animal such as the whale, and hence, figuratively, of very large ships, and also of persons of outstanding strength, power, wealth or influence.
Neophyte is figuratively bound.
It is thus used figuratively of the lowest depth of a person's spirits or the lowest point in a career.
Apiarium or apiary, a beehouse or hive, is used figuratively by old writers for a place of industry, e.g.