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  • If he might use the metaphor, he said, he was their spiritual accountant; and he wished each and every one of his hearers to open his books, the books of his spiritual life, and see if they tallied accurately with conscience.
  • He uttered the metaphor with a certain homely energy and, encouraged by his own voice, proceeded: "You see, we may as well all admit we’re a nice collection of scoundrels, one and all.

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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

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