metaphorical - definition and synonyms

adjective 

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/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.

derived word

metaphorically

 

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/ˌmetəˈfɒrɪkli/
adverb

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