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zeugma - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'zeugma' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Zeugma [ n.]
- A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote; as, "hic illius arma, hic currus fuit;" where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is referred also to arma.

Meaning of 'zeugma' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . zeugma [ n]
Meaning (1):
- use of a verb with two or more complements, playing on the verb's polysemy, for humorous effect
Example in sentence:
  • `Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma