• her beauty's face - "her" face not "her beauty's"
  • I can't knock the smirk off his stupid face - the thing that is referred to being stupid is "him", and not "his face"
  • A construction in which a modifier with meaning associated with one word appears grammatically applied to another, often used as a literary device.


Similar words

  • transferred epithet


  • From Latin hypallage, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek ὑπαλλαγή, from ὑπό + ἀλλάσσειν.

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