Definition of mixed metaphor in English:

mixed metaphor

Line breaks: mixed meta|phor

noun

  • A combination of two or more incompatible metaphors (e.g. this tower of strength will forge ahead).
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    • After a couple of weeks out of the game I came out of the blocks like a prize fighter wielding a mixed metaphor simile cliche and battered everyone in my path.
    • Multiple mixed metaphors proliferate until there is no ground whatsoever under the reader, syntactical functions become precarious, sound and vision seem to rule over anything else the poem might bear.
    • Even so, that has got to be one of the worst mixed metaphors ever.

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