malaphor

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English[edit]

Examples

"Too many chefs in too many pies" (from "too many chefs spoil the broth" and "one finger in too many pies");
"it's like stabbing a hole in the dark" (from "a stab in the dark" and "hole in the dark");
"stop pissing on my thunder" (from "stop stealing my thunder" and "stop pissing on my chips");
"we'll burn that bridge when we get to it" (from "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it" and "don't burn your bridges").

Etymology[edit]

Blend of malapropism +‎ 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 an often nonsensical result.

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