“Metaphor (noun): The figure of speech denoting implied comparison: an imaginative of analogous term used in place of a given word or concept, or an expressive and comparable figurative term; word or image that is suggestively equivalent and ornamental but not synonymous; application of comparable, figurative word or words. Adj, metaphoric; metaphorical; adv. metaphorically.
‘The Speaker of the House is not a goddamned metaphor; I have never been a metaphor and, God willing, I never will be.’ –Thomas P. (“Tip”) O’Neill, quoted in The New Republic”
Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.