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noun metaphor pronunciation in British English /ˈmetəfə(r)/metaphor pronunciation in British English /ˈmetəfɔː(r)/
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    [countable] literature a word or phrase that means one thing and is used for referring to another thing in order to emphasize their similar qualities
    He uses the metaphor of the family to describe the role of the state.
  2. 2
    [countable] something that is intended to represent another situation or idea
    metaphor for: It is easy to see the crumbling building as a metaphor for the society of the time.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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