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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Common as the stones in our streets.
            —Thomas Adams
  Common as a convenient saving.
  Common as backfence cats.
  Common as boiled cabbage.
  Common as coals from Newcastle.
  Common as daisies.
  Common as lying.
  Common as pig tracks in wet weather.
  Common as pins.
  Common as pug noses in Pittsburgh.
  Common as sawdust around a sawmill.
  Common as the town sewer.
  Common as the air.
            —Aphra Behn
  Common as Robin Adair on a full brass band.
            —Arnold Bennett
  Common as rain.
            —Pierce Egan
  Common as poverty.
  Friendship as common as a prostitute’s favors.
            —Oliver Goldsmith
  Common as a barker’s chair.
            —Stephen Gosson
  As common as the power of moving the ears voluntarily, which is a moderately rare endowment.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Common as a mart.
            —Ben Jonson
  Comune as the cart-wey to knaves and to alle.
            —William Langland
  Common as Get-out.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
  Common as delirium tremens in New York.
            —Alfred Henry Lewis
  Common as scolding at Billingsgate.
            —John Lyly
  Common as the highway.
            —John Ray (Handbook of Proverbs, 1670)
  Common as dirt.
            —Charles Reade
            Common as the stairs
That mount the Capitol.
            —William Shakespeare
  Common as any tavern door.
            —Edward Sharpham
  Common as light is love, and its familiar voice wearies not ever.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Common as bribery.
            —John Webster
  Common as sickness.
            —John Webster
  Common as dew and sunshine.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier

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