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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Bare as a Scotchman’s knee.
  Bare as a stone.
  Bare as January.
            —Robert Armin
  Bare as the back of my hand.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Bare as a naked bairn.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Bare as winter.
            —Robert Burns
  Bare as beggary.
            —Richard Cumberland
  As bare …
As the willow of leaves
When the bough-breaking wind
The warm day endeth.
            —The Elder Edda
  Bare as an Alpine precipice.
            —Charles Kingsley
  Bare as a pig in a sty.
            —Francis Mahony
  Bare as lies the mirrored moon in silver sleeping seas.
            —Gerald Massey
  Bare as hop-stakes in November’s mists.
            —George Meredith
  Bare as my nail.
            —Thomas Nash
  Bare as a bird’s tail.
            —English Proverb
  Bare as the birch at Yule.
            —English Proverb
  Bare, like a carcass picked by crows.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Bare as a beggar.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bare as naked daylight.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bare as shame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  As bare as a hornet’s cell.
            —Henry Van Dyke
  Bare as an ape.
  Bare as a goose-egg.
            —Artemus Ward
  Bare as a school-boy’s diary.
            —H. G. Wells
                As bare
As winter trees.
            —William Wordsworth
  As bare as Egypt when the locusts got through with it.
            —Rida Johnson Young
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