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Frozen metaphor   /frˈoʊzən mˈɛtəfɔr/   Listen
Frozen metaphor

noun
1.
A metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., 'he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word 'snake').  Synonym: dead metaphor.






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