Two scimitar eyebrows from Salley Vickers

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I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a metaphor from British writer Salley Vickers.

I may have introduced you to Salley Vickers recently, when a word from her recent book, piebald, became my word of the week.

She’s making a return appearance today as a result of a metaphor from the same book, The Cleaner of Chartres.

The metaphor is simplicity itself:

Inès Nezat raised two scimitar eyebrows.

As you likely already know, a scimitar is  is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade. But I find the image masterful when it comes to describing a woman’s eyebrows. 

I especially appreciate the way she’s decided to use a metaphor rather than a simile (an expression containing the words “like” or “as.”) It’s so much more dramatic this way.

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