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Figurative language is a literary device (writing tool) that communicates ideas through symbols, picturesque descriptions, and layered meanings. It relies on adjectives, adverbs, and creative wordplay. Below are examples of figurative language that will improve your reading comprehension and writing skills.

Idiomatic Expressions

Communicate complex ideas with idioms:

Metaphors

Connect different ideas or concepts:

  • Life is a rollercoaster.
  • Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Love is a battlefield.

Similes

Compare two different things with like or as:

  • She is as fast as a cheetah.
  • He dances like a fish out of water.
  • They argue like cats and dogs.

Symbolism

Items or characteristics with special meaning:

  • We wanted the move to go well, but a great storm was brewing ahead (the storm symbolizes danger or adversity).
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