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Metaphor of the day: problem

Metaphors for problems

Problems and troubles are like illnesses. When things get better, people think of the problems as being cured, e.g.:

  • She thinks we live in a sick society.
  • Transport was another headache for the government.
  • London was paralysed by a series of strikes.
  • We discussed the company and its ailing finances.

For more metaphor examples, see the ‘problem metaphor‘ in the dictionary.

Read James Geary’s blog post on related metaphors in everyday use.

Can you think of more examples? If so, please add them below by commenting.

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