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Definition of figure of speech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

figure of speech

 noun
noun
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; NAmE
 
(pl. figures of speech)
 
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a word or phrase used in a different way from its usual meaning in order to create a particular mental picture or effect Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox
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