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A comparison between two unrelated things; does NOT use the words "like" or "as."
Note to all of the people out there who only think they understand grammar:
A comparison using "like" or "as" (definition #2) is a SIMILE.
A sentence used to express the relationship of words (definition #3) is an ANALOGY.

"America is a melting pot" is a metaphor.
"Life is like a box of chocolates" is a simile.
"Pink is to red as gray is to black" is an analogy.
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A poetic device used to draw comparison, or illustrate a parallel relationship between two different subjects. More or less the same as a simile, except omitting the word "like;" as in the following example- METAPHOR- Life is a box of chocolates./SIMILE- Life is like a box of chocolates. Confusion over these two techniques has resulted in untold disasters throughout the history of language.
The guy in the cowboy hat said, "Life is a metaphor for itself," but he's bi-polar and thinks he's Jesus, so don't pay no attention to him.
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The word that Christians use to describe contradictions and mistakes in the bible.
"So, the Earth is flat, according to the bible, Tony?"

"No!"

"but, “When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady.” — Psalm 75:3"

"thats a metaphor, dude"
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A poem or writing skill that compare two unrelated things by saying ONE thing is ANOTHER, but not using the word "as" or "like".
Here're some examples of using Metaphor:
The sun is a gold coin dropping down a drain in heaven.
Blue is the tears that drop down from my cheek.
White is the hope that you need in the darkest day of your life.

The sun is a gold coin dropping down a drain in heaven.
White is the hope that you need in the darkest day in your life.
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one or more phrases intentionally made needlessly complicated to figure out the meaning of just to express a simple phrase. often used to sound intelligent, but just making you sound like a jackass.
Jack : "My brother is the black sheep of my family."

Daniel, new at English : what kind of metaphor is this?
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A sentence used to express the relationship of words, : can mean "is to" and :: can mean "as"
Arm is to leg as hot is to cold

have sex : lose virginity :: jumping off a cliff : death
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