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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Thin as a groat.
  Thin as a rail.
  Thin as a snake.
  Thin as a wafer.
  Thin as famished rats.
  Thin as gold leaf.
  Thin as wall paper.
  Thin as a reed.
  Thin as a spindle.
  Thin as a toothpick.
  Thin as the shadow of a hair.
  Thin as a pair of shears.
            —Arabian Nights
  His poor body is as thin as a nail.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Thin as the petal of the cotton blossom.
            —Henry A. Clapp
  Thin as a lath.
            —Foundling Hospital for Wit, 1743
  So thin that he was obliged to put lead in his shoes so as to not be blown away by the wind.
            —Victor Hugo
  Thin as a Ritz-Carlton sandwich.
            —Stephen Leacock
  Thin as a carriage painter’s arm.
            —Abe Martin
  Thin as a weasel.
            —George Meredith
  Thin as mist.
            —George Meredith
  Thin as the shell of a sound.
            —George Meredith
  Thin as a brief forgotten dream.
            —Richard Monckton Milnes
A Spectre, thin as that dismal flame
That burns and beams, a moving lamp,
Where the dreary fogs of night encamp.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Her body thin and bare as any bone.
            —Thomas Sackville
  Thin as a skeleton.
            —Thomas Shadwell
  Thin of substance as the air.
            —William Shakespeare
  Thin as Fraud.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Thinned, as the shades in a vision of spirits that sinned.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Thin as a costume worn by a Salome dancer.
            —Walter Trumbull

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