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  • Good explanation, although saying that ‘intelligence is like a light’ is technically a simile, not a metaphor.

  • Hi Mac. ‘Intelligence is like a light’ is indeed a simile. The format of these articles, and the Macmillan Dictionary features they are based on, is to identify a set of metaphors that apply to a particular quality or feeling, such as intelligence or happiness, and then to explore those metaphors. So ‘intelligence is like a light’, or ‘feeling happy is like being high up’ tell you what the metaphor is; as you point out they are not themselves metaphors.