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Synechdochic metaphor

 

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Description

The synechdochic metaphor is one where a small part or element of something is used to represent the whole.

Example

I like your wheels, man! [wheels = car]

Nice bit of skirt. [skirt = woman]

Try this nib. [nib = pen]

Discussion

Our memories work in associative ways, a factor that metaphors use to the full. Thus when you are told about an element of something, then by association you quickly also think about the whole thing, of which it a part. Synechdochic metaphors thus are simple metaphors that are easily accessible by many people.

See also

Simple metaphor, Submerged metaphor

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