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External World (257 categories and 5257 metaphorical connections)
  • 1A The Earth (28 categories and 363 metaphorical connections)
  • 1B Life (32 categories and 563 metaphorical connections)
  • 1C Health and Disease (4 categories and 115 metaphorical connections)
  • 1D People (8 categories and 81 metaphorical connections)
  • 1E Animals (20 categories and 410 metaphorical connections)
  • 1F Plants (7 categories and 153 metaphorical connections)
  • 1G Food and Drink (4 categories and 205 metaphorical connections)
  • 1H Textiles and Clothing (2 categories and 106 metaphorical connections)
  • 1I Physical Sensation (15 categories and 385 metaphorical connections)
  • 1J Matter (38 categories and 769 metaphorical connections)
  • 1K Existence and Causation (6 categories and 135 metaphorical connections)
  • 1L Space (7 categories and 527 metaphorical connections)
  • 1M Time (10 categories and 120 metaphorical connections)
  • 1N Movement (10 categories and 363 metaphorical connections)
  • 1O Action (23 categories and 461 metaphorical connections)
    • 1O01 Operation and influence (9 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Of/pertaining to operation(s); As regards operation(s); Action/operation; In operation; Operate; Cause to operate; Affecting/influencing; Operative influence; Influential operation/acting upon something; Exert operative influence; Have effect on; Operation upon something
    • 1O02 Action (11 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Acting/doing; In a way characterized by doing; Invitation/encouragement to action; Action/doing; In the act of; In action; Act/do; Do; In progress/being done; A proceeding; In progress; Proceed/carry on an action; Go well/ill with; Exercising/exercised; In practice; Practice/exercise; Practise/exercise; Practise/carry on; Occupied/busy; Occupied; Activity/occupation; Occupied/busy; Be occupied/busy (in/at something); Occupy/busy oneself; Occupy/engage (a person); Of/pertaining to intervention; Acting in another's business/intervention; Act in another's business/intervene; Intervene; Intervene between
    • 1O03 Preparation and undertaking (17 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Ready to undertake; Let's give it a go; Undertaking; Undertake/set oneself to do; Undertake/apply oneself; Undertake; Preparatory; In preparatory manner; In preparation for the time that; Preparation; In preparation for/anticipation of; In preparation; Prepare/get ready; Prepare; Unprepared/unready; Unpreparedly; Unpreparedness; Unprepared; Act/speak without preparation; Make unprepared; Into action/activity; Beginning action/activity; With effect from; ; Begin action/activity; Begin an action; Begin/enter upon (an action)
    • 1O04 Repetition (0 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Repeating an action; With repeated action; Repetition of an (undesirable) course of action; Repeat; Reproduce/re-present; Repeat (an action)
    • 1O05 Continuation (20 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Continuing in action/operation; With continued action; Continually (in action); Continue doing/keep going in a course of action; Continue (an action); Progressing/advancing (of things); So as to make progress; Progress/advance/further continuance; Progress/advance in an action; Progress/advance; Advance (a proceeding) from previous stage; Furthering; In a manner serving to advance; Furtherance; Furthering; Further; Following up/through; Follow up/through
    • 1O06 Execution and performance (0 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Of/pertaining to execution; In a way that carries into effect; Execution/performance/carrying out; Executed/performed; Execute/perform/carry out; Execute/perform; Observant/duly performing; With observance; Observance/carrying out a promise/law, etc.; Observe/carry out a promise/law, etc.
    • 1O07 Completion (7 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Completing; In a way that completes; Finished; Completion of action; Completed/finished; Complete/conclude action; Complete (an action/piece of work); Uncompleted; Non-completion; Not completed; Abandon an attempt/enterprise; Do incompletely
    • 1O08 Cessation (5 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Ceased/stopped; Stopped/no longer in operation; Cease; Ceasing an action/operation; Here I will stop; Cease activity; Cease from (an action/operation); Temporarily ceased/ceasing; With temporary cessation of activity; Temporary cessation of activity/operation; Temporarily inactive; Temporarily cease activity/operation; Temporarily cease action/operation; Cease from temporarily
    • 1O09 Inaction (28 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Inactive; In an inactive manner; Inaction/inactivity; In a state of inactivity; Be inactive; Make inactive; Quiet/tranquil; In a quiet/tranquil manner; Quietness/tranquillity; In a state of quietness and tranquillity; Be quiet/tranquil; Make quiet/tranquil; Without action/deeds; Not doing; Do nothing; Abstaining/refraining from action; Abstain/refrain from action; Abstain/refrain from (action); Idle/inactive/unoccupied; In an idle/unoccupied manner; Idleness/lack of occupation/activity; Not occupied with; Unoccupied; Be idle/unoccupied; Make idle/unoccupied; Disinclined to act/listless; Listlessly/lethargically; Disinclination to act/listlessness; Be listless/lethargic; Pass (time) listlessly/lethargically; Slothful/lazy; Slothfully/lazily; Sloth/laziness; Be slothful/lazy; Spend (time) in sloth/laziness
    • 1O10 Endeavour (13 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Endeavouring; By way of attempt/with endeavour; Endeavour; Make an attempt/endeavour; Attempt; Of the nature of experiment; Experimentally; Trial/experiment; Try experiments/make experiment; Make experiment of/with; That tests; Trial/test/testing; On trial; Test; Try/test; Searching/seeking; In a searching/seeking manner; Searching/seeking; Engaged in searching for; Make a search; Search for/seek; So as to find; Exclamation on making discovery; Finding/discovery; Discover one's place/power/vocation; Find/discover
    • 1O11 Difficulty (39 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Difficult; In a manner giving difficulty; Difficulty; Confronted by difficulty; Present difficulties; Of difficulty: beset (a person); Impossible to do; Practical impossibility; Attempt to do the impossible; Hindering; So as to hinder; Hindrance; Hinder; Hindering completely/preventing; So as to prevent; Hinder completely/prevent; Restricting free action; Restricted in free action; Restriction of free action; Be constrained in free action; Restrict in free action; Opposing; In/with opposition; Opposition; In opposition to; In the face of/in opposition; Oppose; Unresisting; Without resistance; Order to preclude resistance; Absence of resistance; Implying resignation to whatever happens; Offer no resistance; Accept without resistance; Types/manners of hindrance; Types of difficulty
    • 1O12 Easiness (19 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Easy/presenting little difficulty; Easily; Easiness; Easy/easily/without difficulty; Do/accomplish something easily; Function without difficulty; Find no difficulty in; Affording aid/help/assistance; Helpfully; Help; Aid/help/assistance; Affording help; Aid/help/assist; Help someone; Promoting/helping forward; In a manner which promotes; Promotion/help forward; Promote/help forward; Further one's own interests; Promote/help forward (a person/plan etc.); Affording support; Supporting; Support; In support of; Supporting/encouraging; Encouragingly; Denoting support; Support/encouragement; In support of; Support/encourage; Of/pertaining to a patron; Patronage; Under patronage of; Act as patron to; Support/side with/back; Of/pertaining to intercession; As a mediator; Intercession/influence on someone's behalf; Intercede/use influence on someone's behalf; Intercede/use influence for; Strengthening immaterial things; Strengthening/confirmation of immaterial things; Strengthen/confirm immaterial things
    • 1O13 Restoration and recovery (7 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Putting right/amending; In/by way of putting right; Putting right/amendment; Provide a remedy; Put right; Restoring; In a restoring manner; Be/become restored; Restore; Restored (of persons); Restoration of a person; Restore oneself; Restore (a person); Able to recover from misfortune, etc.; Recovery from misfortune/error, etc.; Recover from misfortune/error, etc.; Recover from misfortune, etc.; Recover from (misfortune, etc.)
    • 1O14 Advantage (12 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Advantageous/beneficial; Advantageously/beneficially; Advantage/benefit; For the benefit/advantage of; Be advantageous/beneficial; Advantage/benefit; Be advantageous/beneficial to; Useful; Usefully; Usefulness; Be useful; Be useful to; Put to use/made use of; Use (made of things); In use; Be in use/called into use; Use/make use of; For expending/consuming; Using up/expending/consuming; Be used up/consumed; Use up/expend/consume; Pertaining to use/control; Use/control; Recourse; Have recourse to something; Have recourse to; Of/pertaining to instrumentality; As an instrument/means; Instrumentality; By the instrumentality of; Find means to do something; Render instrumental; Efficacious; Efficaciously; Efficacy; Be efficacious; Be efficacious for; Convenient; Conveniently; Convenience; Be convenient; Be convenient to; Expedient; Expediently; Expediency; Expedient/advisable; Be expedient/advisable; Expedient/not moral/just; In an opportunist manner; Expedience (not morality/justice); An opportunity; While opportunity exists; Have opportunity; Give opportunity for
    • 1O15 Safety (13 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Safe/unharmed; Safely; Safety; Perfectly safe; Obtain safety; Make safe/secure; Of/pertaining to protection/defence; In protective manner; Protection/defence; In protection/defence from; For the protection/defence of; Offer protection/defence; Protect/defend; Preserving from injury/destruction; Preservation from injury/destruction; Preserve from injury/destruction; Preserve from injury/harm; Refuge/shelter; Take/seek refuge; Take refuge/shelter; Seek (refuge); Vigilant; Vigilantly; In provision against the case that; Vigilance; Vigilant/on one's guard; Be vigilant/on one's guard; Be vigilant; Keeping watch; Keep watch; Keep watch on; Guarding; Watching/keeping guard/watchful guard; Watch/keep guard; Watch/keep guard over; Caring/protecting; With care/protection; Care/protection/charge; Having care/custody (of); Care/protect; Care for/protect; Care for/protect/have charge of; Pertaining to rescue/deliverance; Rescue/deliverance; Denoting deliverance; Rescue from dangerous situation; Afford deliverance; Rescue/deliver; Rescue/deliver (from); Narrowly (of escape); Escape; Escape from
    • 1O16 Prosperity and success (40 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Prosperous; Prosperously; Prosperity; In prosperous condition; Prosper/flourish; Cause to prosper/flourish; Advancing/progressing; Advancement/progress; Advancing/progressing; Advance/progress/develop; Advance/progress; Outdoing/surpassing; So as to surpass others; Outdoing/surpassing; Outdo/surpass; Successful; Successfully; Success; There is much success; Succeed/be a success; Make a success of; Having mastery/superiority; In/with mastery/superiority; Mastery/superiority; Have/gain mastery/superiority/advantage; Have/gain mastery/superiority over; Token of victory/supreme excellence
    • 1O17 Disadvantage and harm (39 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Attended by/abounding in harm; Harmfully/injuriously; Harm/injury/detriment; In a manner causing great harm; Do harm; Cause/effect (harm); Harmful/injurious/wrongful; Harm/injury/wrong; Harm/injure/commit offence against; Of/pertaining to hostile action; With/by way of hostile action; Hostile action/attack; On the attack; Make attack; Make an attack upon; Disadvantageous; Disadvantageously; Disadvantage; Be disadvantageous; Useless; Uselessly; Uselessness; Become useless; Be useless for; Inconvenient; Inconveniently; Inconvenience; Be inconvenient; Affect with inconvenience; Inexpedient; Inexpediently; Inexpediency; Be inexpedient; Useless/vain/futile; Uselessly/vainly/futilely; Uselessness/vanity/futility; In vain; Be of no avail; Speak in vain; Be of no avail to; Misusing; With/by misuse; Misuse; Unused; Non-use; Not in use; Remain unused; Refrain from using; Dangerous; Dangerously; Danger; There is danger in a course of action; Face danger; Expose oneself to danger; Endanger; Warning; Warningly; Warning cry; Warning of imminent danger/evil; Expression of warning; Warn; Warn (a person) of imminent danger/evil; Threatening; Threateningly; Threat/threatening; Threaten; Threaten (evil, etc.); Harm/detriment
    • 1O18 Adversity (23 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Afflicted/full of trouble; In adversity/affliction; Adversity/affliction; In adversity; Be in adversity; Suffer adversity/affliction); Marked/attended by misfortune; Unfortunately; Calamity/misfortune; Unfortunately; Happen unfortunately; Have befallen as a misfortune to
    • 1O19 Failure (5 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Unsuccessful; Unsuccessfully; Failure/lack of success; Fail/be unsuccessful; Fail in; Defeated/overthrown; Defeat/overthrow; Loss/defeat; Be defeated/overthrown; Be defeated in
    • 1O20 Vigorous action and degrees of violence (53 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors In (some/any) way; Manner of action/operation; According to the way/manner of; Manner of action/operation; Vigorous/energetic; In a vigorous/energetic manner; Vigour/energy; Acting vigorously/energetically; Act/do vigorously; Engage vigorously; Carry on vigorously; Involving effort/exertion; Strenuously/with effort/exertion; Exclamation of exertion; Effort/exertion; Exert oneself/make an effort; Exert oneself; Violent; In a violent manner; Violent action/operation; Violently; Be violent; Make (more) violent; Severe; Severely; Severity; Become more severe; Make more severe; Not violent/severe; Without violence/severity; Lack of violence/severity/intensity; Losing vigour; Become less violent/severe; Make less violent/severe; Speedy in action/operation; Quickly/speedily; Speed of action/operation; With rapid action; Proceed rapidly; Do/deal with/acquire, etc. quickly
    • 1O21 Slow action and degrees of caution (9 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Slow/not rapid; Slowly (of action/operation); Slowness of action/operation; Be/become slow; Be slow in performing; Careful/taking care; Carefully; Care/carefulness/attention; Care/heed; Care; Take care about; Cautious; Cautiously; Be careful/cautious; Caution; With caution; Be cautious/take care; Be cautious; Be cautious about; Careless; Carelessly; Carelessness; Careless/heedless; Be careless/negligent; Omit to care for oneself; Be careless/heedless of; Incautious; Incautiously; Incautiousness; Off one's guard; Be incautious; Enter into incautiously/rashly
    • 1O22 Behaviour and conduct (70 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Pertaining to behaviour/conduct; In manner concerned with behaviour; Behaviour/conduct; Behave/conduct/bear oneself; Behave/conduct oneself; Follow (a course of behaviour); In accordance with standard of conduct; A standard of conduct; Direct one's conduct; Act in accordance with; Pertaining to a particular way of life; Way of life; Lead one's life in specific way; Follow (a way of life); Habitual; Habitually; Customary/habitual mode of behaviour; In habitual/customary use; Act habitually; Do habitually; Do/observe habitually; Not habitual; Unaccustomedly/unusually; Unaccustomedness; Away from (what is habitual/usual); Unaccustomed to; Be detached from a habit; Disaccustom; Give up a habit/practice; Well-behaved; In well-behaved manner; Good behaviour; With correct behaviour; Behave well; Behave well towards; Courteous; Courteously; Courtesy; Be courteous; Be courteous to; Assiduous in courteous actions; Courteous act/expression; Use formal courtesy in act/expression; Use courteous actions/expressions to; Epithets of address; Use courteous title in address; Address with courteous title; Kind; Kindly; Kindness; Show kindness; Treat kindly; Gentle/mild; Gently/mildly; Gentleness/mildness; Be mild/gentle/tolerant; Treat gently; Restrained/moderate; In a restrained/moderate manner; Restrained/moderate behaviour; Moderately/with moderation; Behave with moderation/restraint; Exercise moderation/restraint; Make moderate (behaviour); Ill-behaved; In an ill-behaved manner; Bad behaviour; With impropriety; Behave badly; Bad behaviour; Discourteous; Discourteously; Discourtesy; Be discourteous; Unkind; Unkindly; Unkindness; More unkindness than kindness; Spiteful, malicious; Spitefully; Comment on cattiness; Spite, malice; Bear malice; Treat maliciously; Ill-willing; With ill-will; Ill-will, malevolence; Intend ill; Bitter; Bitterly; Bitterness; Be bitter; Make bitter; Ill-natured; Ill-naturedly; Ill-nature; Regard ill-naturedly; Harsh/severe; Harshly/severely; Harshness/severity; Be harsh/severe upon; Fierce; Fiercely; Fierceness; Be fierce; Make fierce; Bloodthirsty; Bloodthirstily; Bloodthirstiness; Thirst for blood; Ill-treated; Abusively; Ill-treatment; Ill-treat; Cruel; Cruelly; Cruelty; Be cruel; Treat cruelly; Violent (of a person/behaviour); With violent behaviour/treatment; Violent behaviour; Behave violently/use force; Behave violently; Treat violently; Immoderate/unrestrained; Immoderately/without restraint; Lack of moderation/restraint; With lack of moderation; Act immoderately/without restraint; Show lack of moderation; Do excessively; Affected (of persons/behaviour, etc.); With affectation; Affected behaviour/affectation; Be affected/act affectedly; Act affectedly; Perform/enact affectedly; Unaffected/natural; Unaffectedly/naturally; Unaffectedness/naturalness; Without affectation; Be unaffected/natural/artless; Adaptable; With ready adjustment to circumstances; Adaptability to circumstances; Adapt to circumstances; Act in accordance with; Done in return; In return/back; Reciprocal treatment/return of an action; Another may act in similar way; To make return; Make a return; Treat as one has been treated; Of the nature of a reward; In a rewarding manner; Reward/a reward; As reward/in recompense; Give a reward/make recompense; Of things: yield recompense; Reward/recompense; Characterized by (a desire for) revenge; In revengeful manner; Revenge; In revenge/retaliation (for); Take/execute revenge; Execute revenge; Execute (vengeance); Kindness, gentleness, mildness
    • 1O23 Ability (22 metaphorical connections) Show descriptors Able/capable; Ably/capably; Ability/capacity/power; Able/capable/competent; Be able to; Be able/capable/competent; Be capable of; Skilful; Skilfully; Skill/skilfulness; Skilled at/versed in; Be versed/skilled; Be skilled in; Be skilled/versed in; Cunning; Cunningly; Guile is the best means; Be cunning/act cunningly; Treat cunningly; Incapable; In an unable manner; Inability; Disabled/out of action; Be unable to do something; Disable; Render unable; Unskilful; Unskilfully; Unskilfulness; Unskilfully/inadequately; Do something unskilfully; Be unskilled in
  • 1P Relative Properties (37 categories and 402 metaphorical connections)
  • 1Q The Supernatural (6 categories and 99 metaphorical connections)