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Among figures of speech, which of the following is a simile?

A Something being light as a feather

“Light as a feather” is a simile, an explicit comparison using “like” or “as.” The others are all metaphors, implicit comparisons without “like” or “as,” simply referring to something as something else. These are all figures of speech because the meanings are not literal: the stomach has a fluttery feeling, not actual butterflies; one does not climb an actual ladder to success; the lightweight thing or person does not match a feather’s weight; meeting a sales quota does not involve physically shooting or hitting a target.