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Idiom vs. Metaphor

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Main Difference

The main difference between Idiom and Metaphor is that the Idiom is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning and Metaphor is a figure of speech.

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  • Idiom (noun)

    A manner of speaking, a mode of expression peculiar to a language, person, or group of people.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A language or language variety; specifically, a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An established expression whose meaning is not deducible from the literal meanings of its component words, often peculiar to a given language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A programming construct or phraseology that is characteristic of the language.

  • Metaphor (noun)

    The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it is not, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described (but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile); the word or phrase used in this way; an implied comparison.

  • Metaphor (noun)

    The use of an everyday object or concept to represent an underlying facet of the computer and thus aid users in performing tasks.

    "desktop metaphor; wastebasket metaphor"

  • Metaphor (verb)

    To use a metaphor.

  • Metaphor (verb)

    To describe by means of a metaphor.

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  • Idiom (noun)

    a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light).

  • Idiom (noun)

    a form of expression natural to a language, person, or group of people

    "he had a feeling for phrase and idiom"

  • Idiom (noun)

    the dialect of a people or part of a country.

  • Idiom (noun)

    a characteristic mode of expression in music or art

    "they were both working in a neo-impressionist idiom"

  • Metaphor (noun)

    a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable

    "her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor"

    "when we speak of gene maps and gene mapping, we use a cartographic metaphor"

  • Metaphor (noun)

    a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else

    "the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Idiom (noun)

    The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A combination of words having a meaning peculiar to itself and not predictable as a combination of the meanings of the individual words, but sanctioned by usage; as, an idiomatic expression; less commonly, a single word used in a peculiar sense.

  • Idiom (noun)

    The phrase forms peculiar to a particular author; as, written in his own idiom.

  • Idiom (noun)

    Dialect; a variant form of a language.

  • Metaphor (noun)

    The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.

Webster Dictionary
  • Idiom (noun)

    a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

  • Idiom (noun)

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people;

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"

    "he has a strong German accent"

  • Idiom (noun)

    the style of a particular artist or school or movement;

    "an imaginative orchestral idiom"

  • Idiom (noun)

    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

  • Metaphor (noun)

    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

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