Definition of mixed metaphor in English:

mixed metaphor

noun

  • A combination of two or more incompatible metaphors (e.g. this tower of strength will forge ahead).

    • ‘Even so, that has got to be one of the worst mixed metaphors ever.’
    • ‘It's a pleasure to read a writer with such striking command of his art who never loses you in mixed metaphors or laborious analogies.’
    • ‘Yes, there are quite a few mixed metaphors in this post, aren't there?’
    • ‘The mixed metaphor is unfortunate, but his story line sounds promising and adds suspense.’
    • ‘After a couple of weeks out of the game I came out of the blocks like a prize fighter wielding a mixed metaphor simile cliche and battered everyone in my path.’
    • ‘Rather than parading a host of dummies laid out by the swift punches of scare quotes, each carefully collected word bleeds into the body of its own mixed metaphor.’
    • ‘His mixed metaphors are well written and well delivered.’
    • ‘The abundance of mixed metaphors is regrettable.’
    • ‘Multiple mixed metaphors proliferate until there is no ground whatsoever under the reader, syntactical functions become precarious, sound and vision seem to rule over anything else the poem might bear.’
    • ‘Stories suffer from passive verbs, run-on sentences, mixed metaphors and clichés.’
    • ‘The author's account of his road trip has an endearingly amateurish quality - not least because of his penchant for mixed metaphors and overwrought prose.’
    • ‘There's some mixed metaphors in the lyrics (baseball isn't played in quarters, after all) and it's probably a prime example of bad 80s music, but hey, I love this song.’
    • ‘This week another footballing figure showed that mixed metaphors don't have to abide by the usual principles of the human anatomy.’
    • ‘His work routinely exhibits a Joycean verbal playfulness and exuberance, and is littered with inventive neologisms and mixed metaphors.’
    • ‘Okay, some pretty strange mixed metaphors there, but you get the idea?’
    • ‘His conversation is peppered with the mixed metaphors of business-speak, a nod to the background that has been key to winning over the selection panel.’
    • ‘But grammar and syntax and a horror of cliches and mixed metaphors (‘try drawing this,’ he would tell me) were the least things he taught me.’
    • ‘The business is run by C J, a powerful figure full of impressive-sounding aphorisms that, on analysis, prove meaningless, comprising a heap of mixed metaphors and clichés piled one on top of another.’
    • ‘Then chaos and catastrophe theories jump on board and my analogy come crashing down in a shower of mixed metaphors.’
    • ‘A collision of mixed metaphors, perhaps, but the health underspend is a good illustration of all four conditions.’

Pronunciation:

mixed metaphor

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