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Proverbial vs. Metaphorical — What's the Difference?

Proverbial vs. Metaphorical — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Proverbial and Metaphorical

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Proverbial

(of a word or phrase) referred to in a proverb or idiom
I'm going to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb

Metaphorical

A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in "a sea of troubles" or "All the world's a stage" (Shakespeare).

Proverbial

Used to stand for a word or phrase that is normally part of a proverb or idiom but is not actually uttered
One word out of line, and the proverbial hits the fan

Metaphorical

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol
"Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven" (Neal Gabler).

Proverbial

Of the nature of a proverb.
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Metaphorical

Pertaining to or characterized by a metaphor; figurative; symbolic.

Proverbial

Expressed in a proverb.

Metaphorical

Expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another;
A metaphorical expression
Metaphoric language

Proverbial

Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.

Proverbial

Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.

Proverbial

Not used in a literal sense, but as the subject of a well-known metaphor.
The proverbial smoking gun
Proverbial spilled milk

Proverbial

Widely known; famous; stereotypical.
I grew up in a prefab house on Main Street in 1950s suburbia, the second and last child of a proverbial nuclear family.

Proverbial

(euphemistic) Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well-known phrase.
I think we should be prepared in case the proverbial hits the fan.
Are you taking the proverbial?

Proverbial

The groin or the testicles.
You'll find they've got you by the proverbials.

Proverbial

Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known; as, a proverbial expression; his meanness was proverbial.
In case of excesses, I take the German proverbial cure, by a hair of the same beast, to be the worst.

Proverbial

Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb.

Proverbial

Of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb;
He kicked the proverbial bucket
The proverbial grasshopper

Proverbial

Widely known and spoken of;
Her proverbial lateness
The proverbial absentiminded professor
Your proverbial dizzy blonde

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