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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Richard Le Gallienne
  Locks … as brown as mavis in May.  1
  Careless as the Salmon with its million young.  2
  Clear as the finest porcelain.  3
  Democracy, like an army, has a way of persuading aristocrats to lead it.  4
  Domesticated as marmalade.  5
  As exploded as the mysteries of Eleusis.  6
  Faith, like the phœnix, soars and sings.  7
  Firm as the tread of lions.  8
  Flashing like a scythe.  9
  Green as a meadow by Chaucer.  10
  Guileless as a candidate.  11
  Irregular as a toper’s walk.  12
  A little knowledge in some people is like little boys throwing stones into mysterious lakes. They make a great clatter but the silence was more wonderful.  13
  Laughed like the sun.  14
  Monotonous as mutton.  15
  Mystical as an astrological symbol.  16
  Complete in perfection as a great line in poetry, as the flight of a bird, as the curve of a falling wave.  17
  Phantasmagoric, like a mirage beyond the horizon.  18
  Precious as a Grecian vase.  19
  Proud as a young bull.  20
  Real as the stars.  21
  Repeating … like a drunken man with a tune in his head.  22
  Ruthlessly as you lop a branch.  23
  Safe as in the bank.  24
  Scintillate like a human St. Catherine wheel.  25
  Shone like an illuminated letter.  26
  Slowly filling with life as a moon with silver.  27
  Softly among the pines as a young witch gathering simples.  28
  Stirs one like a martial tune.  29
  Stubborn as the Rocky Mountains.  30
  Sweet as the sound of bells at evening.  31
  Talks like music set on fire.  32
  Tough as a telegraph wire.  33
  Twinged like a hollow tooth.  34
  Typical as the sparrow is typical of London.  35
  Useless as the leg of a man with a sprained ankle.  36
  White as a nun.  37
  White as ivory.  38
  Wonderful as a starlit sky.  39

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