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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Flash (Verb)
  Flashes like cut glass.
  Flash like stars.
  Eyes flashing, like shooting thunderbolts.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Flashing, like a newly-awakened flame.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Flashed like the spray of a fountain.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Flashing like a steel blade.
            —Georg M. Brandes
  Flash’d like a jewel.
            —Robert Bridges (English)
  Flash like a rocket.
            —Charles Stuart Calverley
  Flashing … like scimitar from its sheath.
            —Paul Laurence Dunbar
  Flashes … like a revelation.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
Flashed like dazzling arrow tipped
With amorous heat.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  Flashes like the shining soul of a jest.
            —William Ernest Henley
  Flash like a heliograph.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Flashing like a scythe.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  Flashed like a falchion from its sheath.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Flashed, like a sabre in the sun.
            —Thomas Moore
  Flash like golden fire-flakes from the sky.
            —Wilhelm Müller
  Flashing like thought.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
                Flashed …
Like a red-hot eye from a grave.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Flashing like fire-flies.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Flash like a steel blade tipped with fire.
            —Francis S. Saltus
  Flashing like a fiery stream.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  Flashed like a strong inspiration.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Like a mirror sparkling to the sun with dazzling splendor, flashed.
            —Robert Southey
Her Eies did flash out fiery light,
Like coles that through a silver censer sparkle bright.
            —Edmund Spenser
                Flash and toss
Like plumes in battle’s blithest charge.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne

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