Metaphor examples

Metaphor examples: A good and important list of metaphors examples

Metaphor definition (metaphor meaning)/ What is a metaphor?
In the English language, a metaphor is a figure of speech that states that one thing is something else. Unlike simile, a metaphor is a comparison, but it does not use ‘as’ or ‘like’.
“Everyday metaphors are invisible because we understand them immediately, and therefore have no need to pay attention to their metaphorical character.” (William Grey)

metaphor examples

Here is a list of some examples of metaphors and metaphor sentences that you may hear in everyday conversation.



Some of the following metaphor sentences can be found in the literature. Poets and writers use figurative language like metaphors and similes to express their ideas in an interesting way.



  • You are my sunshine.
  • She has a heart of gold.
  • He was a lion in the fight.
  • The Internet connection was slower than a tortoise.
  • She has a heart of stone.
  • Time is money.
  • It is raining cats and dogs.
  • My computer is an old dinosaur.
  • Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Age is a state of mind.
  • Time flies.
  • You are my sunshine.
  • You are my guardian angel.
  • There is a garden in her face.
  • Our teacher is a walking encyclopedia.
  • I slept the sleep of the dead last night.
  • She is now in the sunset of her days.
  • She is a snake in the grass.
  • I wish you weren’t always such a chicken.
  • Look! Our garden is a jungle of weeds.
  • He is a couch potato.
  • She is a snake in the grass.

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Metaphor examples for kids


  • She is a peacock.
  • She is the star of our family.
  • She is a chicken.
  • The thunder was a mighty lion.
  • The moon is a white balloon.
  • The sun is a golden ball.
  • He is a night owl.
  • The kids in our school are all brains.


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Metaphor sentences with meaning:

  • I can do anything to make my daughter happy. She is the apple of my eye.

If something or someone is the apple of your eye, this means that you love them very much.

  • America is a melting pot.

Melting pot means a place where many different people and cultures exist together, often mixing and producing something new.

  • My son is full of beans.

Full of beans means very active and full of energy.



Metaphor examples in poetry