met·a·phor /ˈmɛtəˌfɔr ||fɚ/
met·a·phor n. Rhet. The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea. --Abbott & Seeley. “All the world's a stage.”
Note: ☞ The statement, “that man is a fox,” is a metaphor; but “that man is like a fox,” is a simile, similitude, or comparison.
n : a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer
to something that it does not literally denote in order
to suggest a similarity