200 Short and Sweet Metaphor Examples

metaphor is a word or phrase that is used to make a comparison between two things. They can be very useful, and we use them all the time in daily conversation, and we do not even realize it! Here are some examples of famous metaphors!

Metaphor Examples for Love

  • Love is a nutrient
  • Love is a journey
  • Love is a fluid in a container
  • Love is fire
  • Love is an economic exchange
  • Love is a natural force
  • Love is a physical force
  • Love is a captive animal
  • Love is war
  • Love is a social superior
  • Love is rapture
  • Love is a thrill ride
  • Love is a fine wine
  • Love is a garden
  • Love is a battlefield
  • Love is an experiment
  • Love is a fragile flower opening to the warmth of spring
  • Love is a lemon – either bitter or sweet

Metaphor Examples from Famous People

  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso
  • “Conscience is a man’s compass.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Chaos is a friend of mine.” – Bob Dylan
  • All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” – Albert Einstein

Commonly Used Metaphors

  • Anger bottled up inside
  • A shot across the bows
  • An endless night
  • Apple of my eye
  • Batten down the hatches
  • Battle of egos
  • Belling the cat
  • Belt was a snake
  • Better half
  • Birds of a feather flock together
  • Blanket of air
  • Blanket of bullets
  • Blanket of clouds
  • Blanket of exemption
  • Blanket of flowers
  • Blanket of ghosts
  • Blanket of hope
  • Blanket of indifference
  • Blanket of insurance
  • Blanket of love
  • Blanket of roses
  • Blanket of secrecy
  • Blanket of snow
  • Blanket of stars
  • Blow one’s trumpet
  • Boiling frog
  • Boiling mad
  • Broken heart
  • Butterfly Economics
  • Cabin fever
  • Camel’s nose
  • Chain reaction
  • Choices are crossroads
  • Close quarters
  • Cloudy memory
  • Cold feet
  • Consumed by love
  • Copper bottomed
  • Cotton candy words
  • Couch Potato
  • Crop of students
  • Deep dark secret
  • Disaster area
  • Domino effect
  • Early bird
  • Eyes were fireflies
  • Eyes were saucers
  • Flogging a dead horse
  • Food for thought
  • Fork in the road
  • Full to the gunwales
  • Give a wide berth
  • Go by the board
  • Hand over fist
  • Hard and fast
  • He got all steamed up
  • He was a Lion on the battle field
  • High and dry
  • His eye on the Sparrow
  • Home was prison
  • Homework is a breeze
  • House of Cards
  • Hungry ghost
  • Ideas are water
  • Ideas are wings
  • Ideas in motion
  • Infinite crisis
  • Infinite spectrum of possibilities
  • Intimate relationship
  • Jumping the shark
  • Know the ropes
  • Law of the Horse
  • Legs were wax
  • Life is a journey
  • Life is a mere dream
  • Life is a struggle
  • Light of my life
  • Loose cannon
  • Love is a battlefield
  • Love is a bond
  • Love is a camera, full of memories
  • Love is a fine wine
  • Love is a garden
  • Love is a growing garland
  • Love is a journey
  • Love is a thrill ride
  • Love is an experiment
  • Love is an ocean
  • Melting pot
  • Moral compass
  • Necessity is the mother of invention
  • Night was falling
  • Night Owl
  • Noisy neighbors
  • Noisy stomach
  • On your beam ends
  • Panic stations
  • Path of exile
  • Path of glory
  • Peace of mind
  • Plain sailing
  • Point of no return
  • Profits fell last year
  • Puppet government
  • Push the boat out
  • Rainbow of challenges
  • Rainbow of flavors
  • Rainbow of hope
  • Rainbow of love
  • Raining cats and dogs
  • Reality an enemy
  • Roller-coaster of emotions
  • Rolling in dough
  • Roof of the World
  • Rug Rats
  • Scapegoat
  • Sea of bees
  • Sea of fire
  • Sea of ghosts
  • Sea of knowledge
  • Sea of love
  • Sea of sadness
  • Sea of smiles
  • Sea of sorrows
  • Sea of umbrellas
  • Sea of uncertainty
  • Shades of excellence
  • Shades of hope
  • Shake a leg
  • Shaking the dust from the feet
  • She felt her gorge rising
  • Shipshape and Bristol fashion
  • Shiver my timbers
  • Shooting the messenger
  • Shot down an idea
  • Silken lies
  • Simmer down!
  • Slippery slope
  • Smell of death
  • Smell of fear
  • Smell of rain
  • Smoking gun
  • Snake oil
  • Social organizations are plants
  • Spherical cow
  • Stable economy
  • Stable marriage problem
  • Standing on the shoulders of giants
  • Sticky wicket
  • Storm of swords
  • Strength and dignity are her clothing
  • Stubborn stains
  • Sweet dreams
  • Sweet smell of success
  • Tell it to the marines
  • The bitter end
  • The cut of your jib
  • The evening of one’s life
  • The sea bit my ankles
  • Their ideas are difficult to swallow
  • Thoughts are a storm, unexpected
  • Three sheets to the wind
  • Tiger Cub Economies
  • Time a thief
  • Turkeys voting for Christmas
  • Walk the plank
  • Wave of donations
  • Wheels of justice
  • Work has dried up

Metaphors from Literature

  • “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” –William Shakespeare
  • “I am the good shepherd…and I lay down my life for the sheep.” The Bible, John 10:14-15
  • “All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.” Khalil Gibran
  • “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
  • “And your very flesh shall be a great poem.” – Walt Whitman
  • “Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.” –George Orwell
  • “Dying is a wild night and a new road.” – Emily Dickinson
  • “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” –William Wordsworth

2 comments for “200 Short and Sweet Metaphor Examples

  1. Vivek Shah
    December 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Really the definition and collection both are helpful.
    Thanks a lot.
    It is too useful to anyone.
    Thanks again.

  2. prof lawhu
    February 19, 2016 at 5:35 am

    this is meticulous…..wholesome i mean…..its gonna be useful for my flow

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