Questions tagged [figurative-language]

For questions about language where the words have meaning other than their literal sense. For example, metaphor or simile.

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What does *bend the rule* mean?

Malfoy certainly did talk about flying a lot. He complained loudly about first years never getting on the house Quidditch teams . . . "He's just the build for a Seeker, too," said Wood, now ...
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How to dissect/parse 'no sooner X than Y'?

I ask not about the meaning, but about its derivation: no sooner F than S {phrases} = [Please check my additions of F and S 1. Used to convey that the second event S mentioned happens ...
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How is “made FROM virgin [any material]” possible? Shouldn't it be “made OF virgin”?

What I know about 'made from' and 'made of' is this: Chairs are made of wood - the wood is still wood, you see that AND Paper is made from wood -wood disappears, you don't see wood What I know ...
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How do I understand a sentence without subject and verb in novels?

She was meant to stay indoors but everything looked varnished and bright after the rain, so she put her coat on and went outside, then came back in and slung the camera over her shoulder. Through ...
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Meaning of 'solitudes'

[4th and 5th last paras] Professor Hugo Cyr, of the University of Quebec in Montreal, a law clerk at the time when LeBel was appointed, ... ... says LeBel was good “at bringing people together. ...
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“In the wake of”

I have a question about the usage of the phrase "in the wake of" here: We are still in the wake of discriminatory laws against women and children. I could not find a good dictionary definition ...
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Is it ungrammatical to end a list preceded by a colon without an “and”?

Example: The mansion looked like a castle: crenelated roof, lancet windows, cylindrical towers with crosses on top. As yo can see I omitted the and. Is it ungrammatical?
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Meaning Of “See”

I have a question about the meaning of "see". Suppose teachers at a school are talking about how this year's test scores are not as good as previous years. We have seen better test scores than ...
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Usage of “Keep Any Shape”

I have a question about the usage of the phrase "keep any shape" here: Liquids, says Bauman, do not keep any shape for long and are constantly prone to alteration. I looked up a dictionary, but ...
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Ellipsis with apostrophe?

This is a strophe from one song: "But the times were hard, Lord, the jobs were few all through Tecumseh valley but she asked around and a job she found tending bar at Gypsy Sally's" ...