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mixed metaphor

a combination of incongruous metaphors, as when the Nazi jackboots sing their swan song
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Always review your writing to be sure that it contains no mixed metaphors or malaphors.
But some specimens fail to meet the precise definition of a mixed metaphor.
I last wrote about mixed metaphors in the November 2008 issue of Word Ways.
It's true: These are not literally mixed metaphors.
The world waited with bad breath and mixed metaphors to see if Murray Walker had lost it with his big switch to ITV.
In two previous Word Ways articles (August 2001 and May 2004), I quoted choice examples of amusing mixed metaphors I had collected.
But first, it should be noted that not all mixed metaphors are bad.
In related wordplay, Don collected real-life mixed metaphors ("ironing the bugs out") that he had spotted in newspapers, giving examples in August 2001 and May 2004.
Ironically, mixed metaphors occur with unusual frequency among professionals in the arts, sciences and media.