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mistaken use of words; an out of context or mixed metaphor; the change in a word's meaning over time1840Olla PodridaI was going to say that he could not call his soul his own; but that would be a Catachresis, and I hate and abominate every thing which begins with CAT.1842Forest LifeIn vain is the far-sounding bell strapped round the neck of the master ox or cow, (for we say master-cow by catachresis I suppose.)1957The Midwich Cuckoos I wonder if a sillier and more ignorant catachresis than 'Mother Nature' was ever perpetrated? 1990The Mother TongueThis drift in meaning, technically called catachresis, is as widespread as it is curious.