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A metaphor is a figure of speech where two unlikely things are implied as the same, not taken in the literal sense, for the purpose of showing their resemblance to each other. Unlike a simile where there is a comparison between two things, metaphors simply imply that the two things are the same.
He is a night owl
In the above example it doesn't mean the person actually turns into an owl at the night, it means the person stays up late. Also his habit of staying up late is not compared to that of an owl which is the case with a simile.

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