metaphor, simile

 Both are figures of speech in which two things are compared. A simile likens one thing to another, dissimilar one: "He ran like the wind"; "She took to racing as a duck takes to water." A metaphor, on the other hand, acts as if the two compared things are identical and substitutes one for the other. Comparing the beginning of time to the beginning of a day, for instance, produces the metaphor "the dawn of time."

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