Window dressing – when they mean it literally

I was walking past this Zara store, and it took me 3 seconds to realise that they were using the word ‘window dressing’ in its literal sense.

(Most of the time, ‘window dressing’ is used metaphorically. Indeed when I looked it up in British National Corpus later, of the first 20 sentences returned, 18 of them used the word metaphorically. This is an interesting example because in second language acquisition, we usually learn the literal meaning of a word before we become aware of its metaphorical sense later.)

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