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    Lightbulb Is this a metaphor?

    Is "I was swallowed by fear" a metaphor? If not what is it?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Is this a metaphor?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Where did you see that phrase? It's not common in British English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this a metaphor?

    It doesn't work in American English, either. We usually say consumed or overcome.

    It's not a metaphor. It's called a figure of speech. A figure of speech is an expression that is not meant literally.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Is this a metaphor?

    I recognise both "consumed by fear" and "overcome with fear".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this a metaphor?

    How would you define metaphor?

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