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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Useless as a chimney until you light your fire.
  Useless as a gun without a trigger.
  Useless as a disabled pitcher.
  As useless as a monkey’s fat.
  Useless as a sedan chair on a railway.
  Useless as a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.
  Useless as whispering in the ear of a corpse.
  Useless as a clock without wheels.
  Useless as to stop up a rathole with an apple dumpling.
  Useless as whistling psalms to a dead horse.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Useless as a candle in a skull.
            —William Cowper
  Useless as a buttonhole without a button.
            —Henry Irving Dodge
  Useless as for her hand to try to grasp a shadow.
            —George Eliot
  Useless as to enlarge upon the obvious.
  Useless as the leg of a man with a sprained ankle.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  Useless as a skyrocket without powder.
            —Charles Henderson
  Whose talk is as busily useless as the babble of a stream that hurries by a ruined mill.
            —Robert G. Ingersoll
  Useless as the canal constructor without water.
            —George Bernard Shaw
  Useless extra, like a sixth finger.
            —Anton Chekhov
  Useless as perfumery to a hog.
            —Leo Tolstoy

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