Figures of Speech – Merism
What is merism?
Merism is a figure of speech by which something is referred to by a conventional phrase that enumerates several of its constituents or traits.
Examples of merism:
Hook, line, and sinker. (To swallow something hook, line, and sinker means to swallow it completely.)
High and low. (To search high and low means to look for something everywhere)
Lock, stock, and barrel. (Referring to the different parts of a gun. As a mersim, it refers to the whole of any object)
Flesh and bone. (Referring to the body).
Search every nook and cranny. (Search everywhere).
Sun, sea and sand. (Referring to a holiday destination).
Young and old. (Describing all the population.)
List of Figures of Speech in the English Language – Literary Devices
|Epiphora (or epistrophe)
|Zeugma and syllepsis
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