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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Wild as vulture’s cry.
  Wild as the winds that tear the curled red leaf in the air.
            —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  Wild as a buck.
  Wild as a hawk.
  Wild as a maniac’s dream.
  Wild as a mountain lion.
  Wild as Scott’s Macbriar.
  Wild as Whiston’s prophecies.
  Wild as wild Arabs.
            —Arabian Nights
  Like a cowslip, growing wild.
            —Thomas Ashe
  As wild and as skeigh as muirland filly.
            —Joanna Baillie
  Wild as Winter.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  As wild as game in July.
            —Dion Boucicault
  Wild as one whom demons seize.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  Legends wild as those culled on shores licked by Hydaspes.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Wild as that hallow’d anthem sent to hail
Bethlehem’s shepherds in the lonely vale,
When Jordan hush’d his waves, and midnight still
Watch’d on the holy towers of Zion hill.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Wild and capricious as the wind and wave.
            —James Cawthorn
  Wilde as chased deere.
            —Thomas Churchyard
                A landscape rose
More wild and waste and desolate than where
The white bear, drifting on a field of ice,
Howls to her sundered cubs with piteous rage
And savage agony.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Wild as a maniac’s mirth.
            —Eliza Cook
  Wild as the lightning.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Wild as the waves.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Wild as dreams.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Wilder than the Adrain tides which form Calabrian bays.
            —Roswell M. Field
  As wild as the whirlwind.
            —Nikolai V. Gogol
  Wild as a sea-breeze.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
            Wild as if creation’s ruins
Were heaped in one immeasurable chain
Of barren mountains, beaten by the storms
Of everlasting winter.
            —James A. Hillhouse
  Wild as coursers with unsubdued neck.
  Wild as a tameless horse of Tartary.
            —Richard Hovey
  Wild as a fiend.
            —Sigmund Krasinski
  Wild as a burst of day-gold blown through the colors of morning.
            —George Cabot Lodge
  Wild and woful, like the cloud rack of a tempest.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Wild as an unbroken horse.
            —Maria Lowell
  Wild as the heart of a bird.
            —Edwin Markham
  Wild as flowers upon a river’s brink.
            —George Edgar Montgomery
  Wild as the changes of a dream.
            —James Montgomery
  Wild as mountain-breezes.
            —Thomas Moore
  Wild as the winds.
            —Alexander Pope
  Wild as ocean gale.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Wild, like trumpet-jubilee.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Wildly as some vex’d and angry sea madly throws up its ancient firm foundation.
            —William Shakespeare
  Wild as young bulls.
            —William Shakespeare
  Wild as haggards of the rock.
            —William Shakespeare
                The other wild,
Like an unpractised swimmer plunging still.
            —William Shakespeare
  Wild … as regret.
            —Marie Van Vorst
  Wild as an errant fancy.
            —Helen Hay Whitney
  Wild like the stormy wind.
            —William Wilkie
  Wild as the tempests of the upper sky.
            —William Winter
Wild and rude
As ever hue-and-cry pursued,
As ever ran a felon’s race.
            —William Wordsworth

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