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mixed metaphor

the use in the same expression of two or more metaphors that are incongruous or illogical when combined, as in “The president will put the ship of state on its feet.”.
Origin of mixed metaphor
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll leave you to digest the mixed metaphor undisturbed while I go below and help with the patients who have begun pouring aboard.

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • A hand that has lost its head may affect the fastidious as a mixed metaphor; but, God pardon us all, what an unmixed truth!

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • "mixed metaphor," murmured Clarissa, and went to sleep comfortably, feeling that Carlo was a wall.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • The imagery is doubtless a mixed metaphor, but never mind that, for the thought is clear.

  • A rope of stone is imperfectly conceivable—is, in truth, mixed metaphor.

  • And with pleasure at the helm, goodness is a drug in the market,—if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • "One does not hear with one's heart," said I, smiling, and stirred to plague her for her mixed metaphor.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • She's a mighty hand at books, as it is—quite a budding blue-stocking, if that isn't a mixed metaphor.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
  • In no deliberative body in the world is the mixed metaphor so much in its element as in the British House of Commons.

  • He swam into our ken—if a mixed metaphor may be pardoned—on a train leaving Oakland for the East.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for mixed metaphor

mixed metaphor

a combination of incongruous metaphors, as when the Nazi jackboots sing their swan song
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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