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


figure of speech

BrE BrE//ˌfɪɡər əv ˈspiːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɪɡjər əv ˈspiːtʃ//
(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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