Figuratives in The List

Here are all The Figuratives in The List. In traditional analysis, words in figurative expressions connote additional layers of meaning, while words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage. When the human ear or eye receives the message, the mind must interpret the data to convert it into meaning.

What are Figuratives? On many occassions, the words may not convey the literal meaning of them. They may convey the indirect meanings which may be just the opposite to their literal meanings. Such symbolical and metaphorical meanings are called Figuratives. They contain the figure of speech.

Let us see few hundreds of such Figuratives here.The Figuratives have been arranged in the alphabetical order. Go to the list by clicking that particular page.

Let us see few examples of Figuratives to make the point clear.


The Phrase
Yellow Press does not give the literal meaning that the press which is in Yellow color.On the contrary, it conveys the meaning of The News Papers which publish sensational and unscrupulous stories about crime, sex etc...


The Phrase
In the same boat does not convey the literal meaning. It has the figurative meaning that in the same misfortune or circumstances.

Here is the list of Figurative Expressions beginning with


To turn the tables – to reverse the conditions


To turn tail – to desert, to run away


To go off at a tangent, to fly off at a tangent – to change suddenly to a different course of thought or action


On the tapis – under consideration


To spoil the ship for a ha’p’ orth of tar – to ruin something extremely valuable by failure to spend trifling sums on maintenance and repairs


To be on tenterhooks – to be in a state of suspense and anxiety


Thespian art – the art of tragedy or drama


To throw in the towel – to acknowledge defeat


A triton among the minnows – a person who completely dominates all is fellows


To turn turtle – to overturn, to make a complete somersault

Figurative Expressions Index

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