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figure of speech

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfigure of speechˌfigure of ˈspeech noun [countable]  ALa word or expression that is used in a different way from the normal meaning, to give you a picture in your mind
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figure of speechBut how could you begin to verify the fact of reincarnation, except as a figure of speech?He said he used the phrase as a figure of speech, and did not mean to imply she was a coward.And this, Marcy Lupino knew, was not a figure of speech.A: It was a figure of speech, sir.The word means an obscure figure of speech.I found this word in the dictionary meant an obscure figure of speech.
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