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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Stare (Verb)
  Stare like a glass eye.
  Stare like a mad bull.
  Staring like an idiot.
  Staring like a sick face.
  Stared in my face like a flash of light.
            —Honoré de Balzac
            Mortals stare aghast
As though heaven’s bounteous windows were slammed fast
            —Robert Browning
  Stared like a pig poisoned.
            —Benjamin Franklin
  Stared … like a detected thief.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Staring like Pythoness possessed.
            —Thomas Hood
  Staring at her as if she had been an angel out of Heaven.
            —Charles Kingsley
  Stare, like wild things of the wood about a fire.
            —James Russell Lowell
  Stares as he had seen Medusa’s head.
            —Philip Massinger
Stared, as one who would command
Sight of what has filled his ear.
            —George Meredith
                Stared listlessly,
Like those who walk in sleep.
            —William Morris
  Eyes staring like a dead pig’s.
            —François Rabelais
Like dumb statues, or breathing stones,
Stared each on other.
            —William Shakespeare
  Stared … as professional critics do at a new poet.
            —Joseph V. von Scheffel
  Stared like the Gorgon’s head.
            —Tobias Smollett
  Staring like a stuck pig.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Stared aghast at her a minute, as Macbeth might on beholding Banquo’s sudden appearance at his ball-supper.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  Stared like a dead body.
            —H. G. Wells

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