She sure knows how to separate the metaphorical men from the boys.
I don't think that you can reasonably read that passage as metaphorical.
And now the (literal) horror and (metaphorical) humanity of The Walking Dead.
I chose it for its metaphorical resonance, but the mosquito bite theory might be the worse.
Sounds interesting, but might be too metaphorical and too hyperbolic for me.
Fanciful, metaphorical, or far-fetched interpretations are never applied to the words of a will.
Like many gun names, the word "culverin" has a metaphorical meaning.
This speaking in the womb may, perhaps, be understood in the metaphorical sense already explained.
"When you talk in that metaphorical style I fail to understand you," said Quentyns.
But, almost immediately, the metaphorical cloven foot and false dice appear.
late 15c., from Middle French metaphore (Old French metafore, 13c.), and directly from Latin metaphora, from Greek metaphora "a transfer," especially of the sense of one word to a different word, literally "a carrying over," from metapherein "transfer, carry over; change, alter; to use a word in a strange sense," from meta- "over, across" (see meta-) + pherein "to carry, bear" (see infer).
The comparison of one thing to another without the use of like or as: “A man is but a weak reed”; “The road was a ribbon of moonlight.” Metaphors are common in literature and expansive speech. (Compare simile.)