Appendix:English metonyms

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A metonym is a word that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object.

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  • The White House released its official report today. — "The White House" for "The presidential administration"
  • The Crown has enacted a new social security policy. —"The Crown" for "The government of the United Kingdom".
  • A crowd of fifty heads —where "head" stands for person.
  • Put it on the plastic — material (plastic) for object (credit card)