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What is an implied metaphor?

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Dec 6, 2016


An implied metaphor is one in which the comparison is made without mentioning one of the objects of comparison.


In a metaphor, two things are compared. For example:

That basketball player is a giraffe. (referring to the height).

In an implied metaphor, one of the objects of comparison is implied without being mentioned. For example:

The drill sergeant bellowed at the recruits. (implying 'bull-like')

After the speech, there was a buzz among the audience. (implying 'bee-like').