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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Straight as a candle.
            —Hans Christian Andersen
  Straight as an angel’s flight.
  Straight as an Indian’s hair.
  Straight as a lance.
  Straight as a pine.
  Straight as a ramrod.
  Straight as a rush.
  Straight as a string.
  Straight as columns of fire.
  Straight, as if he had swallowed a stick.
  Straight as the backbone of a herring.
  Straight as a cane.
            —Arabian Nights
  Straight as a temple-shaft.
            —Edwin Arnold
  Straight as a shooting star.
            —William Austin
  Straight as a die.
            —Alexander Barclay
  Straight as a loon’s leg.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Straight as a shingle.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Straight as truth.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Straight as poplars.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  Straight … like graves dug side by side at measured lengths.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Straight to its aim as the aim of the rifle-ball of a Tyrolese.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Straight as a rule.
            —John Bunyan
  Straight as a beadle’s wand.
            —Charles Stuart Calverley
  Straight as a bull’s back against the white sky.
            —Bliss Carman
  Straight as line.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Straight as a lily on its stem.
            —Wilkie Collins
  Straight as a tower.
            —Thomas Osborne Davis
  Straight as any plummet line.
            —Charles Dickens
  Straight as a crow flies.
            —Charles Dickens
  As straight as a beggar can spit.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Go as straight as a schoolboy at Christmas.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
  Straight as a spear.
            —Nathaniel Lee
  Straight like a sala-tree.
  Straight as Circe’s wand.
            —Christopher Marlowe
  Gleams straight like the glow which a ploughing keel doth break
From the grim sea around, with light on her bow and light in her raging wake.
            —Westland Marston
  Straight like vine poles.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  Fly straight as the emissary eagle back to Jove.
            —George Meredith
  Straight as the flight of the dove.
            —George Meredith
  Straight,—like a webfoot to water.
            —George Meredith
  Straight as a dart.
  Straight as the palm tree.
            —Matthew Prior
  Straight as a Seer’s thought into the blue of the immaculate heavens.
            —Richard Realf
  Straight as thought could span.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Straight as bolt from crossbow sped.
            —Mark Twain
  Straight as a wall.
            —Ivan Vazov
  Straight as a Sioux chief.
            —Booker T. Washington

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