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n. - Use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one.

Usage examples (32)
  • "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma
  • This is usually called a zeugma; it's a purely structural way of using prepositions in an odd way, for effect e.g., humor.
  • Apparently this type of "zeugma" (yes, there are many types) is called "syllepsis."
  • He calls her by a kind of zeugma "your daughter," though she is but Jacob's daughter; however, all have the disposal of her in hand. for more
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