Irony, Metaphor, or Simile

Identify each of the following sentences as irony, metaphor, or simile. For each sentence, write another expressing its literal meaning.

1. He missed the ball by a mile.

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2. He acted like a bull in a china shop.

3. The exam blew me away.

4. He had to eat his words.

5. It was a real team effort. (Said by a coach after his team loses by forty points.)

6. They are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

7. The concert was totally awesome.

8. A midair collision can ruin your whole day.

9. This is a case of the tail wagging the dog.

10. “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”