malaphor

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Blend of malapropism and metaphor; attributed to Lawrence Harrison.

NounEdit

malaphor (plural malaphors)

  1. (rare neologism) An idiom blend: an error in which two similar figures of speech are merged, producing a nonsensical result.

Usage notesEdit

Examples include "hitting the nail on the thumb", "barking up the wrong alley" and "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it".

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