Figure-of-speech meaning

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An expression that uses language in a nonliteral way, such as a metaphor or synecdoche, or in a structured or unusual way, such as anaphora or chiasmus, or that employs sounds, such as alliteration or assonance, to achieve a rhetorical effect.
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An expression, as a metaphor or simile, using words in a nonliteral sense or unusual manner to add vividness, beauty, etc. to what is said or written.
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The definition of a figure of speech is an expression that means something different than the literal meaning of the words.

An example of a figure of speech is the saying "it's raining cats and dogs."

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(idiomatic) A word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language.
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Attributive form of figure of speech, noun.

Figure-of-speech use.

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