dead metaphor

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a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e

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Note that in a disjoint metaphor the sense selection component may select as a sense a dead metaphor that was itself at one time the result of a disjoint metaphor construction.
The dead metaphor and the living crow are alluded to when, on the next page, "Mr.
Living by Wit" and "Knight of Industry": Some Notes on the History in Two Dead Metaphors
It is a dead metaphor since it is quoted in Thesaurus of English Language meaning to be in love with someone.
And dead presidents joins dead air, dead letter, dead metaphor, and dead reckoning, the newbie standing for "U.
Even by the poetic standard of medieval Arabic poetry, pre-Islamic metaphor was considered dead metaphor, and poets sought fresh ways to respond to a relatively more complex life.
Mimi and Jimmy's tabletop dance, for example, is a yawner, and their increasingly spastic gyrations seem like a desperate attempt to inject a dead metaphor with life.
Jesus's own death was no dead metaphor, but effectively finished poetry off.
Economists do seem incapable of understanding what makes Herbert Simon tick (not a dead metaphor in this instance, as this book illustrates).
no, a dead metaphor by now) that often preoccupy introductory works.
While Cranmer appeals to usage as evidence of figuration, however, Gardiner cancels his own recognition of its extent by invoking usage and thereby dead metaphor or cliche.
Every grain of sand was a dead metaphor that equaled timelessness, and to decipher such metaphors would take one through the false mirror of eternity.
Theyve become dead metaphors and in doing so, are now even more powerful because people just dont see them as metaphorical anymore, says Professor Graham.
The orientational and ontological metaphors are considered as the novel metaphors that are not dead, because of that they are more attractive than the structural or dead metaphors.