’tis the hour, methinks, when the winejug, metaphorically speaking, is most grateful in Ye ancient hostelry.
…in so barefaced a fashion by our friend at the gathering of the clans in Barney Kiernan’s so that he, though often considerably misunderstood and the least pugnacious of mortals, be it repeated, departed from his customary habit to give him (metaphorically) one in the gizzard though, so far as politics themselves were concerned, he was only too conscious of the casualties invariably resulting from propaganda and displays of mutual animosity and the misery and suffering it entailed as a…
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He was speaking metaphorically when he referred to being mugged by reality.
It was falling so hard that it looked like white sparks (and this is a simile, too, not a metaphor).
Mark Haddon -- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time