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Metaphor

A metaphor is a way of describing something by equating it with something else. It is a comparison between two different things that have an important characteristic in common. For example, in the metaphor, "Freddie is a pig when he eats," both Freddie and a pig are sloppy eaters.

The word metaphor is pronounced MET-a-for.

Some common metaphors include:
A blanket of snow fell today.
After years of misbehaving, he turned over a new leaf this year.
All the world's a stage.
A new crop of students entered school.
Anne is the apple of my eye.
America is a melting pot.
A tidal wave of donations came in.
Give him room to grow.
Have a ball.
He is a road hog.
He is a mountain of strength.
Her home was a prison.
He showered her with gifts.
He was boiling mad.
How's life in the fast lane?
I got cold feet before I was supposed to talk in class.
I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.
I have butter fingers today; I keep dropping things.
I have too much on my plate already.
I'm all thumbs; I just spilled my milk.
I'm drowning in work.
I'm no angel.
It is a recipe for disaster.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Life is a dream.
Love is a red, red rose.
My memory is foggy.
My name is mud ever since I caused so much trouble.
My roots run deep.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Peter tried to pull the wool over my eyes.
A roadmap to peace was discussed.
He is a couch potato.
She is my old flame.
She works for an arm of the government.
A storm of controversy followed her.
He has a half-baked idea.
Their ideas are food for thought.
Ahh, that's the sweet smell of success.
The comic had the audience eating out of her hand.
Their ideas are difficult to swallow.
There are plenty of fish in the sea.
The police dug up evidence.
The ribbon of highway stretched for miles.
There is a bumper crop of games in the stores.
They hatched a new plan.
They're rug rats.
We're in a dry spell at work.
You are my sunshine.
You light up my life.

Activities on Metaphors:
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Match Metaphors to Meanings

On this printable worksheet, match each metaphor to its meaning. Or go to the answers.
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Similes and Metaphors:
Printable Read and Answer Worksheet

A printable worksheet on similes and metaphors, with a short passage to read, a multiple-choice section, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
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Writing Metaphors

For each adjective, write a sentence with a metaphor to describe someone or something that has that characteristic. For example: stubborn: He is a mule.
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Color Metaphors and Imagery: Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of words to answer simple questions. Words: black, blue, green, pink, red, yellow, white, inexperienced, black-and-white, environment. Or go to the answers.


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