It is what we call a figure of speech—speech at a high figure, as one may say.
This was a bold figure of speech, but not exactly the right thing; for, unhappily, the pat opening had slipped away—even couplets from Pope may be but "fallings from us, vanishings," when fear clutches us, and a glass of sherry is hurrying like smoke among our ideas.
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A slight figure of speech I cut my chest wide open They come and watch us bleed Is it art like I was hoping now? —THE AVETT BROTHERS, "SLIGHT FIGURE OF SPEECH" WHEN WE ENTER THE BUILDING, I IMMEDIATELY SEARCH for Will.