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omelet
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12/13/2009 3:30:51 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/13/2009 3:27:09 PM, idkmybffbill wrote:
Is this a metaphor?
"His skin was stretched drum-tight over his bony frame."
No. It's imagery and perhaps hyperbole.
Ragnar_Rahl
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12/13/2009 4:18:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
It is. You are describing the tightness of the skin by means of comparison to a drum.
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12/13/2009 5:09:45 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Ragnar - if it was either a metaphor or a simile, it would be a simile. You aren't saying that the skin is a drum, you're saying it's as tight as one.

Of course, that doesn't follow the overly simplified definitions you were likely given: "comparison using like or as" and "comparison not using like or as." Those definitions are incorrect.
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12/13/2009 5:19:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/13/2009 5:10:18 PM, idkmybffbill wrote:
Thanks, is this an idiom?
"Now, there's still one stump in the way,"

We're not here to do your homework for you. Look up the definition of idiom, or just look at the definition your teacher gave you, and evaluate whether you think it's an idiom or not.
DevinKing
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12/13/2009 5:33:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/13/2009 5:10:18 PM, idkmybffbill wrote:
Thanks, is this an idiom?
"Now, there's still one stump in the way,"

--Yes, but only if the stump is a metaphor for something else. Otherwise it is a literal statement which is transcultural and transliteral.
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12/15/2009 11:44:38 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/13/2009 5:09:45 PM, omelet wrote:
Ragnar - if it was either a metaphor or a simile, it would be a simile. You aren't saying that the skin is a drum, you're saying it's as tight as one.

Of course, that doesn't follow the overly simplified definitions you were likely given: "comparison using like or as" and "comparison not using like or as." Those definitions are incorrect.

That sentence is neither metaphor or simile, guys. It is just imagery. Maybe diction if you stretch.
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12/15/2009 4:32:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/13/2009 5:10:18 PM, idkmybffbill wrote:
Thanks, is this an idiom?
"Now, there's still one stump in the way,"

You are an idiom!
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