Metaphors
My boyfriend showered me with gifts.

Metaphors

A metaphor is a word or phrase that is used to describe a person or object and in so doing makes an understood comparison; unfortunately, this 'understood' comparison is not always easy to understand. For example, 'Her sunny face was a pleasing sight'. Her face couldn't literally (in real) be sunny. By comparing it with the sun, we understand that she was a pleasant person. Technically speaking, metaphors are figures of speech.

You may think that metaphors are not important to learn or understand. However, in everyday life metaphors are used extensively and so it's handy to familiarise yourself with them. You could always make up your own metaphors too and see if they catch on!

Do this 11-plus English quiz and see if you can find the meaning of the metaphors.

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  1. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    Peter is all thumbs; he just spilt my drink.
    He's very clumsy: you'd think all his fingers are thumbs
  2. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    She has half-baked ideas and nothing more.
    Half baked food is as bad as half baked ideas
  3. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    My name is mud ever since I caused all that trouble at school.
    Mud is not considered good - if your name is mud, you had better start improving your behaviour
  4. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    He lived his life in the fast lane.
    And often danger!
  5. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    He's the apple of her eye.
    Perhaps she won't eat him
  6. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    Andrew has decided to turn over a new leaf this year.
    You turn over a new leaf for the better
  7. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    'Necessity is the mother of invention.'
    Learn this metaphor - it's used quite a bit!
  8. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    My boyfriend showered me with gifts.
    Think of a water shower
  9. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    Mary tried to pull the wool over my eyes.
    She tried to trick him
  10. Find the 'hidden' meaning of the given metaphor.
    These children are rug rats.
    This is an American/Canadian metaphor

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