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mixed metaphor

noun
1.
the use in the same expression of two or more metaphors that are incongruous or illogical when combined, as in “The president will put the ship of state on its feet.”.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • Now, there is no silver bullet, to use a mixed metaphor.
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British Dictionary definitions for mixed metaphor

mixed metaphor

noun
1.
a combination of incongruous metaphors, as when the Nazi jackboots sing their swan song
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