There were in it metaphors as monstrous as orchids, and as subtle in colour. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
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
And I don`t mean "kill" as in "metaphor."
Sherman Alexie -- The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The trance happens when you don`t focus on anything, and the whole big picture swallows and moves around you. She said it was usually metaphoric, but for people who should never do acid again, it was literal.
Stephen Chbosky -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Sometimes too we qualify the metaphor by adding the term to which the proper word is relative.