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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Useless
 
  Useless as a chimney until you light your fire.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Useless as a gun without a trigger.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Useless as a disabled pitcher.
            —Anonymous
  3
  As useless as a monkey’s fat.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Useless as a sedan chair on a railway.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Useless as a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Useless as whispering in the ear of a corpse.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Useless as a clock without wheels.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Useless as to stop up a rathole with an apple dumpling.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Useless as whistling psalms to a dead horse.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  10
  Useless as a candle in a skull.
            —William Cowper
  11
  Useless as a buttonhole without a button.
            —Henry Irving Dodge
  12
  Useless as for her hand to try to grasp a shadow.
            —George Eliot
  13
  Useless as to enlarge upon the obvious.
            —Epictetus
  14
  Useless as the leg of a man with a sprained ankle.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  15
  Useless as a skyrocket without powder.
            —Charles Henderson
  16
  Whose talk is as busily useless as the babble of a stream that hurries by a ruined mill.
            —Robert G. Ingersoll
  17
  Useless as the canal constructor without water.
            —George Bernard Shaw
  18
  Useless extra, like a sixth finger.
            —Anton Chekhov
  19
  Useless as perfumery to a hog.
            —Leo Tolstoy
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