malaphor

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English[edit]

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 a nonsensical result.

Usage notes[edit]

Examples include "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"). "That's a different pot kettle of fish" (from "that's a different kettle of fish" and "the pot calling the kettle black"). "The bane of my arse" (from "the bane of my life" and "a pain in the arse"). "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").

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