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figure of speech

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?
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense; e.g., metaphors, similes, and hyperbole
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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?
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Figure of speech.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Just a figure of speech.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • That is not a figure of speech.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Poor is sometimes a figure of speech.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • A figure of speech!
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Having been swept off her feet (no figure of speech but a literal truth, for that is just what he had done two hours before; carrying her crumpled in his arms from the library to the place by the curb where he had hailed the taxi), she could only nod and say yes and smile a smile which still lingered as she heard him clatter down the steps.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It could have been a figure of speech: very little time before the wolves arrive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "A metaphor, or simply a figure of speech?" he says, also frowning.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • That is no figure of speech; it is fact.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • It’s just a figure of speech.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That’s quite en passant—merely a convenient figure of speech—nothing personal at all.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The phrase "bite my head off" was not entirely a figure of speech when it came to Leah.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "That . that was just a figure of speech," Lawson explained, blinking, "I was speaking metaphorically."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It’s more than a figure of speech to say that plants create life out of thin air.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • She had often heard of people cutting off their noses to spite their faces but heretofore it had been only a figure of speech.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’Its a figure of speech!’ said Nearly Headless Nick, now so annoyed his head was trembling ominously on his partially severed neck.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It’s just a figure of speech.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • His salient angles fitted into the retreating angles of the cathedral (if we may be allowed this figure of speech), and he seemed not only its inhabitant but more than that, its natural tenant.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ’The friendliness of this gentleman,’ said Mr. Micawber to my aunt, ’if you will allow me, ma’am, to cull a figure of speech from the vocabulary of our coarser national sports — floors me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • That’s a figure of speech isn’t it?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • It’s just a figure of speech.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • She thought it was a figure of speech until Lola twisted her shoulder to reveal, high on her arm, a long scratch.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It is what we call a figure of speech—speech at a high figure, as one may say.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A figure of speech; his studio’s at the end of the corridor, but it is a holy sacristy.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ’You’ve used the word commando several times, I assume not as a figure of speech.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I think the following rules will cover most cases: (i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Bourgeois Socialism attains adequate expression, when, and only when, it becomes a mere figure of speech.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • I know you know where my daughter is, and you best be telling me before you hang up that phone, or I’ll skin you alive, and that ain’t just a figure of speech.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • So it was that, following the advice given him by a wise mother on his first coming up to the capital from his provincial home, he would never let pass either a figure of speech or a proper name that was new to him without an effort to secure the fullest information upon it.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For those who do not write and who never have been stirred by the creative urge, talk of muses seems a figure of speech, a quaint conceit, but for those of us who live by the Word, our muses are as real and necessary as the soft clay of language which they help to sculpt.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Sometimes, when thinking about this, I thought that the idea that one person’s mind is accessible to another’s is just a conversational illusion, just a figure of speech, an assumption that makes some kind of exchange between basically alien creatures seem plausible, and that really the relationship of one person to another is ultimately unknowable.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The figure of speech cold shoulder seemed to have some literal truth to it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • My reference to the Devil was merely a figure of speech, I assure you.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • This is no figure of speech: he knew the veld he lived from as the natives know it.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Star was more different women than a platoon of WACs—which is only mildly a figure of speech.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • And fatal is no figure of speech; for anything written with that conscious bias is doomed to death.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • A figure of speech, forget it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "It’s just a figure of speech, man," Percy said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • He always called Vixen a woman, and seemed to have lost all consciousness that he was using a figure of speech.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Just a figure of speech.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It’s just a figure of speech.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • They are, indeed, a figure of speech occasionally prompted by passion, and I have made use of them as such; but I have endeavoured utterly to reject them as a mechanical device of style, or as a family language which Writers in metre seem to lay claim to by prescription.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • It is competent for any individual to offer his contribution—his new word, his better idiom, his novel figure of speech, his short cut in grammar or syntax—and it is by the general vote of the whole body, not by the verdict of a small school, that the fate of the innovation is decided.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • For if you kill me you will not easily find a successor to me, who, if I may use such a ludicrous figure of speech, am a sort of gadfly, given to the state by God; and the state is a great and noble steed who is tardy in his motions owing to his very size, and requires to be stirred into life.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • I heerd him!" and I nodded at the old gentleman until it is no figure of speech to declare that I absolutely could not see him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Quiet as it’s kept" is also a figure of speech that is written, in this instance, but clearly chosen for how speakerly it is, how it speaks and bespeaks a particular world and its ambience.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • "That," I snarled at him, "was a figure of speech.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The words, "This is my Body," are aequivalent to these, "This signifies, or represents my Body;" and it is an ordinary figure of Speech: but to take it literally, is an abuse; nor though so taken, can it extend any further, than to the Bread which Christ himself with his own hands Consecrated.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • ’ "Well, I am glad to hear that," said the genius, looking very grim, "because a joke, without any figure of speech, IS the death of me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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