UK [ˌmetəˈfɒrɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌmetəˈfɔrɪk(ə)l] adjective
a) a metaphorical word, phrase, image etc is intended to represent or emphasize particular aspects of something else

Everyone breathed a metaphorical sigh of relief.

b) using metaphors

a metaphorical interpretation of the Bible

Derived word:
UK [ˌmetəˈfɒrɪklɪ] / US [ˌmetəˈfɔrɪklɪ] adverb

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

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