figure of speech


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Derived from two Greek roots that mean "an unexpected outcome," this figure of speech is characterized by a surprising left-hand turn at the end of a statement that produces a humorous or dramatic effect, as in "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
Without the suppression of the image, no figure of speech can function.
The term idiocy appears as a figure of speech and a metaphor in the writings of a few of the clergymen of Massachusetts.
Some might find the organisation confusing but, if one may use a second figure of speech, the devotees of the famous writer will find it a stimulating biographical excursion with many worthwhile stops along the way.
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which two different universes of thought are linked by some point of similarity.
Strafford's other figure of speech was one of smoke: "Where has this fire been so long buried, during so many centuries, that no smoke should appear, till it burst out at once, to consume me and my children?
An expression like this is called an idiom or a figure of speech.
THAT there was uproar in the Dail over a figure of speech says much about the deplorable state of debate in our national Parliament.
Appleby saddles his first UAE Derby runners, led by ante-post favourite and UAE 2,000 Guineas conqueror Long John, fourth-placed Safety Check and Figure Of Speech, who was fourth in the Listed Meydan Classic.
He also has July Stakes runner-up Figure Of Speech, who runs in the Richmond at the same meeting.
Saeed bin Suroor has an promising contender in Figure Of Speech who won over the course and distance at the first time of asking last month.
Nearly 53 percent majority of voters said that they view 'war on terrorism' as a figure of speech, like the 'war on drugs' and about four in ten view it as 'a real war', like World War II or Vietnam.
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part.
However, it is only a figure of speech because one cannot literally do that and live to survive because humans have only one heart.
Which grammatical term describes a figure of speech containing words of opposite meaning, as in 'bittersweet'?