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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Shrink as from a haunted place.
  Shrinking like an old man into his shoulders.
  Shrinks inward like a walnut.
  Shrinks like a Yonkers celebrity when he hits Broadway.
  Shrunk like a withered hand.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Shrink, as if I had been wandering among volcanic-looking hills, and had suddenly felt the ground quiver.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  Shrink into a point like death.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Shrink up like a crushed snail.
            —Robert Browning
  Shrunken … like a withered branch.
  Shrunk up like a bean in a pod.
            —Alice Cary
  Shrinking back, like one that had mistook.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
As from a precipice’s brink.
            —Eliza Cook
  Shrink as a snail.
            —Coventry Mysteries
  Shrinks, like the sick moon at the wholesome morn.
            —William Crashaw
  Shrink like parchment in consuming flame.
            —John Dryden
Shrinks as some fair tulip by a storm oppressed
Shrinks up and folds its silken arms to rest.
            —John Dryden
As one who sees a loathed sight.
            —Maurice F. Egan
  Shrank like the snow that watchers in the vale see narrowed on the height each summer morn.
            —George Eliot
  Shrank like a leaf in Fall.
            —Eugene Field
  Shrinking like a snail withdrawing into its shell.
            —Herman Heijermans, Jr.
  Shrunk away as a frost-bitten apple.
            —Washington Irving
  Shrunk away, within him, like a dried filbert in its shell.
            —Washington Irving
  Shrank as from a sudden and mortal danger.
            —Mary Johnston
Shrank, like things with breath,
Whose ripeness feels the touch of death.
            —C. F. Keary
  Shrank as the beetle shrinks beneath the pin when village children stab him in their sport.
            —Rudyard Kipling
Shrank, like boys, who, unaware,
Ranging the woods to start a hare,
Come to the mouth of the dark lair where,
Growling low, a fierce old bear
Lies amidst bones and blood.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Shrink as though Death were passing in his shroud.
            —John Masefield
  Shrank as at a prick of steel.
            —George Meredith
  Shrank—like parchment at the touch of flame.
            —George Meredith
  Shrink, as from a serpent in a knot of flowers.
            —Henry Hart Milman
  He shrinks, as from a viewless blow.
            —Richard Monckton Milnes
  Shrinking as violets do in summer ray.
            —Thomas Moore
  Shrink as though some cowardly sin were between them.
As a taper in sunlight sinks faint and aghast.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Shrinks like scorched parchment from the fiery ordeal of true criticism.
            —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  Shrinks, as might love from scorn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Shrunk away tremulously, as fairies in the story-books, before a superior bad angel.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  Shrinks like a beggar in the cold.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  Shrink … like guilty things surprised.
            —Edwin P. Whipple

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