Now to be fair, Cokie Roberts probably only meant that Roman Polanski should metaphorically shot.
But when asked about her controversial comments on Face the Nation, Bachmann said that she was just speaking “metaphorically.”
And she declines, metaphorically anyway, to remove her heel from his throat.
Like all good scripture, Me & Dog can be read literally as well as metaphorically.
She means it metaphorically, as if she has a soul and a mind.
This, metaphorically understood, would infer that a new and stronger passion rose from the ashes of the old and defunct one.
Then he gathered his opinions in a bunch, and metaphorically hurled them at her.
metaphorically, if not literally, they give their creditors more kicks than coppers.
She was nearly in despair, and, metaphorically speaking, went on her knees to me.
I found this literally and metaphorically true during the weeks when I lay at "The Sanctuary."
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.)