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The allusion ( lat. Alludere: to allude to [something]) denotes the use of an expression that compares an action indirectly ( suggestively ) with an analogous case that is known from history or literature .
In this respect, an allusion can be compared with a metaphor that is formulated so vaguely that the meaning is not immediately obvious, but is more or less left to the association of the addressee.

In music , the term is often used for allusions that are not direct quotations from other music or composers , but evoke clear associations with another work or something similar.

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