Set 30 – Five New Words for Jan 30

Theme: Metallic metaphors

1.  copperplate

MEANING:
noun: A fine style of handwriting marked by flowing shapes and strokes of varying width.

USAGE:
“Harriet opened the envelope and pulled out a thick piece of white paper covered in perfect copperplate handwriting.”

2. tin god

MEANING:
noun:
1. A pompous, self-important person.
2. A person who regards himself or herself as infallible and tries to dictate standards of behavior or beliefs.

USAGE:
“You’re so used to playing tin god that you can’t imagine anyone standing up to you!”

3. brass ring

MEANING:
noun: A prize or an opportunity for a prize, especially a prestigious one.

USAGE:
“Imogen Cooper is more about the music than about grasping for the brass ring of stardom.”

4. iron curtain

MEANING:
noun: An impenetrable barrier to communication, marked by censorship, secrecy, and isolation.

USAGE:
“‘Egyptian police ruled the country from behind an iron curtain. They controlled all aspects of life,’ says Mahmoud Qutri who retired as a police brigadier in 2001.”

5. silver lining

MEANING:
noun: A positive aspect in an otherwise gloomy situation.

USAGE:
“For critics of the cost, there is a silver lining to Abbott’s proposal.”

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