is that a simile or a metaphor
barbara is as hungry as a horse
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Your statement is a simile. However, please remember that a simile is a metaphor, but not all metaphors are similes. When something is like something else, it is a simile. A metaphor is often more descriptive or it alludes to the subject with which it is compared. An example of a metaphor would be "Barbara's stomach growled reminiscent of a starving stallion kept too long in the paddock".
That is a simile because it uses the word "as." Similes must use "like" or "as." That statement as a metaphor would be "Barbara is a hungry horse."