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Table 1 The literal and metaphorical meanings associated with lexical metaphor

From: Lexical metaphor as affiliative bond in newspaper editorials: a systemic functional linguistics perspective

Expressions of lexical metaphor Literal meanings Metaphorical meanings
Experiential meaning Field Experiential meaning Field
Bid offer (a certain price) for something, especially at an auction, stock exchange, or card games; make an effort or attempt to achieve Betting Feeney voting for the seat of Batman Election
Party-machine/ party machine A machine is a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action. Machines are usually powered by mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical means, and are often motorized. Industry the Labor party Institution
Trifecta In American and Australian horse racing terminology, a trifecta is a pari-mutuel bet in which the bettor must predict which horses will finish first, second, and third in exact order. Betting Feeney’s real-life experience for representing Labor in parliament Experience
Blow a hard hit in boxing which is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will, by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other Betting Ferguson’s decision influences the Labor Party People
DNA DNA is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. People spirit of co-operation in the national interest in Labor Institution
Exclusive club belonging to or catering for a privileged minority, esp. a fashionable clique People Labor members People
Operatives a worker, esp. one with a special skill People Labor members People
Cloistered secluded or shut up from the world; living in a monastery or nunnery People Labor members People
Languish to lose or diminish in strength or energy People Labor government Institution
Quarantined Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. People the seat of Batman Institution