200 Short and Sweet Metaphor Examples

A 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! Let’s look at a few examples with a list of metaphors in various situations:

Examples of Metaphors 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

Examples of Metaphor 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

Examples of Common Metaphors

Anger bottled up insideHe was a Lion on the battlefieldScapegoat
A shot across the bowsHigh and drySea of bees
An endless nightHis eye on the SparrowSea of fire
Apple of my eyeHome was prisonSea of ghosts
Batten down the hatchesHomework is a breezeSea of knowledge
Battle of egosHouse of cardsSea of love
Belling the catHungry ghostSea of sadness
Belt was a snakeIdeas are waterSea of smiles
Better halfIdeas are wingsSea of sorrows
Birds of a feather flock togetherIdeas in motionSea of umbrellas
Blanket of airInfinite crisisSea of uncertainty
Blanket of bulletsInfinite spectrum of possibilitiesShades of excellence
Blanket of cloudsIntimate relationshipShades of hope
Blanket of exemptionJumping the sharkShake a leg
Blanket of flowersKnow the ropesShaking the dust from the feet
Blanket of ghostsLaw of the horseShe felt her gorge rising
Blanket of hopeLegs were waxShipshape and Bristol fashion
Blanket of indifferenceLife is a journeyShiver my timbers
Blanket of insuranceLife is a mere dreamShooting the messenger
Blanket of loveLight of my lifeShot down an idea
Blanket of rosesLoose cannonSilken lies
Blanket of secrecyLove is a battlefieldSimmer down!
Blanket of snowLove is a bondSlippery slope
Blanket of starsLove is a camera, full of memoriesSmell of death
Blow one’s trumpetLove is a fine wineSmell of fear
Boiling frogLove is a gardenSmell of rain
Boiling madLove is a growing garlandSmoking gun
Broken heartLove is a journeySnake oil
Butterfly economicsLove is a thrill rideSocial organizations are plants
Cabin feverLove is an experimentSpherical cow
Camel’s noseLove is an oceanStable economy
Choices are crossroadsMelting potStable marriage problem
Close quartersMoral compassStanding on the shoulders of giants
Cloudy memoryNecessity is the mother of inventionSticky wicket
Cold feetNight was fallingStorm of swords
Consumed by loveNight owlStrength and dignity are her clothing
Copper-bottomedNoisy neighborsStubborn stains
Cotton candy wordsNoisy stomachSweet dreams
Couch potatoOn your beam endsSweet smell of success
Crop of studentsPanic stationsTell it to the marines
Deep dark secretPath of exileThe bitter end
Disaster areaPath of gloryThe cut of your jib
Domino effectPeace of mindThe evening of one’s life
Early birdPlain sailingThe sea bit my ankles
Eyes were firefliesPoint of no returnTheir ideas are difficult to swallow
Eyes were saucersProfits fell last yearThoughts are a storm, unexpected
Flogging a dead horsePuppet governmentThree sheets to the wind
Food for thoughtPush the boat outTiger Cub Economies
Fork in the roadRainbow of challengesTime a thief
Full to the gunwalesRainbow of flavorsTurkeys voting for Christmas
Give a wide berthRainbow of hopeWalk the plank
Go by the boardRainbow of loveWave of donations
Hand over fistRaining cats and dogsWheels of justice
Hard and fastReality an enemyWork has dried up
He got all steamed upRug Rats

Examples of Popular Metaphors

  • “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