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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  False as a man with a black head and a red beard.
  False as Dick’s hatband.
  False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
            —Robert Burton
  False as suborn’d perjurers.
            —Samuel Butler
  False as the father of lies.
            —Gilbert K. Chesterton
  False and fair-foliaged as the manchineel.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  False as a bulletin.
  False as the adulterate promises of favorites in power when poor men court them.
            —Thomas Otway
  False as the wind, the waters, and the weather.
            —Thomas Otway
  False as God is true.
            —Thomas Paine
False eloquence, like the prismatic glass,
Its gaudy colors spread on ev’ry place.
            —Alexander Pope
  As false as Waghorn, and he was nineteen times falser than the deil.
            —Scottish Proverb
  False as an obituary.
            —Edgar Saltus
  False as dice.
            —William Shakespeare
  False as dicers’ oaths.
            —William Shakespeare
  False as hell.
            —William Shakespeare
As stairs of sand.
            —William Shakespeare
  False as water.
            —William Shakespeare
  False … as wolf to heifer’s calf.
            —William Shakespeare
  False as the fowler’s artful snare.
            —Tobias Smollett
  False and foul as fear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne

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