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adjective metaphorical pronunciation in British English /ˌmetəˈfɒrɪk(ə)l/
  1. a metaphorical word, phrase, image etc is intended to represent or emphasize particular aspects of something else

    Everyone breathed a metaphorical sigh of relief.

    1. a.
      using metaphors

      a metaphorical interpretation of the Bible

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 metaphorical pronunciation in British English /ˌmetəˈfɒrɪkli/  adverb

The company has to be prepared, metaphorically speaking, to leap into the dark.

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