Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia defines "figurative" language as the use of words in a way in which the author "expresses one thing in terms normally denoting another," using words that can be analogous, or used interchangeably.
Essentially, it is saying one thing while meaning another but still leaving words and meanings in a parallel context so that the reader can appreciate the play on words.
According to the same source, figurative language can be found in five different forms:
- by bringing emphasis to, or by underestimating something
- by making relationships, comparisons, or resemblances
- through figures of sound
- through purposeful errors
- through verbal games
The phrase in question is:
I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present.
This statement is made by...
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