figure of speech

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figure of speech (plural figures of speech)

  1. (rhetoric, stylistic) A word or phrase that intentionally deviates from ordinary language use to produce a rhetorical effect.
    Hyponyms: see Thesaurus:figure of speech
  2. (loosely) A turn of phrase that ought not to be taken literally, but rather as employed for convenience of expression only.
    Synonym: façon de parler
    I hope you didn't take it the wrong way, that was a figure of speech.


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