What are some examples of metaphor in Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed?

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Because it is a journalistic account of her experiences, Barbara Ehrenreich does not use many metaphors in Nickel and Dimed. The book's literary style is personal and intimate, rather than dry and scientific, but it still is a fairly simple event-by-event account. The few examples of metaphor occur serve mostly to underline the hardship of working minimum wage.

Early in the book, Ehrenreich comments:

The whole thing would be a lot easier if I could just skate through it...

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