Figurative Language Examples
Below is an assortment of figurative language examples. Try and guess the type of figurative language used before looking at the explanation. Some examples can be more than one type of figurative language.
Of course no one is as old as the hills but by using hyperbole the age of the person is exaggerated.
This expression, which is another way of saying we learn from our mistakes has been so overused that it is now considered a cliché.
Companies often use alliteration to help make their names more memorable.
This idiom simply means something is very easy to do or make.
We know that her head was not really "spinning" but instead she was having trouble taking in all the new information.
The word boing is an onomatopoeia because it expresses a sound.
Giving the toast a human attribute, the abiliity to jump, makes this a use of personification.
This common expression is an onomatopoeia that means something has great value. Is "good as gold" an example of any other type of figurative language?
Since it is not possible for a person to actually eat a horse, this is an example of hyperbole used to exagerate a persons hunger.
Fit as a fiddle is a cliché used to state that something or someone is in good condition. What other categories of figurative language could this phrase belong to?