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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Close as clapboards on a house.
  Close as one second is to another.
  Close as heat to fire.
  Close as lovers sitting upon the sofa.
  Close as Noah in the ark.
  Close-mouthed as a clam.
  Close as a cockle.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Close as wax.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
Close as brother leans to brother
When they press beneath the eyes
Of some father praying blessings
From the gifts of paradise.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Fitting as close as fits the dented spine
Its flexible ivory outside-flesh.
            —Robert Browning
  Close as an oyster.
            —Robert Burton
  Close as the finger nail and the quick.
            —Hugh Clifford
  Close as a new cut yew-hedge.
            —George Colman, the Elder
  Close as your jacket.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  Close as a pill-box.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  Close as a nut.
            —George Eliot
  Close as hand and glove.
            —Foundling Hospital for Wit, 1743
  Close as night.
            —Thomas Heywood
  Close as thorn is to the rose.
            —Robert Lloyd
  I will sticke as close to thee, as the soale doth to the shoe.
            —John Lyly
  Hide closer than Rachel did her father’s images.
            —James Puckle
  Close as oak and ivy stand.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Close as the young wheat.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  Stick closer than a bump on your head.
            —Austin Strong
  Close as a jail.
            —Thomas Tusser
  Close as a lover in his hour of bliss.
            —N. P. Willis
  Close as a flea in a blanket.
            —Yea and Nay Almanack, 1680
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