Handling metaphors

Opening Gambit:"...That"s an unusual phrase, isn"t it? But what does it actually mean? ... Why did the author use those words and no others? ... "Metaphors are the origami of thought - language suddenly and astonishingly folds itself into a flying bird, and we have to unfold it to see what it means and how it is done ...To start with, let us recall the definition of "metaphor" given in On manipulating structure :-

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