- a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing to show or suggest that they are similar
- an object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol of something else
- a figure of speech where you state one thing is another thing.
A comparison unrelated or contradictory objects with at least one common characteristic. To achieve more power, use a metaphor rather than a simile. Using “like”, “than”, or “as” can water down the image but a good metaphor creates instant understanding.
Rachel paid the ransom and her mind flooded with relief when her screen returned to normal. This idiot was dumb as dirt if he felt safe. No way would she allow him to get away with attacking her.
“Mac,” Rachel said into the phone. “It worked.”
“Good, I’m on my way. Wait for me,” he said. “Rachel?”
“I can handle it. You know what they say? One riot, one Ranger or in this case one dumb hacker.”
Mac chuckled. “Yeah, but help from the Agency didn’t hurt.”
“You’re right. Thanks for the spy stuff. I’ll phone later.”
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