malaphor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of malapropism and metaphor; attributed to Lawrence Harrison.

Noun[edit]

malaphor (plural malaphors)

  1. (rare neologism) An idiom blend: an error in which two similar figures of speech are merged, producing a nonsensical result.

Usage notes[edit]

Examples include "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it" (from "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it" and "burn one's bridges"), "hitting the nail on the thumb" and "barking up the wrong alley".

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