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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Sydney Munden
  Barren as a Pope’s Bull.  1
  Go to the bottom of things, like a custom house officer.  2
  Cruel as the pinch of a painless dentist.  3
  Curiosity is like a locksmith, who departs when the door is opened.  4
  Dark as a dead man in the ground.  5
  Dead as desire in the dead.  6
  Dim as the dream of a dream that was dreamed.  7
  Disturbing as an unopened telegram.  8
  About as easy as to gather a bag of feathers thrown to the four winds.  9
  Flat as an excuse.  10
  Foolish, as to look for a rainbow in the night.  11
  Frequent as telegraph poles on a railway journey.  12
  Handsome as a hackman’s hat.  13
  Harmless as reptiles kept in spirits.  14
  Impatient as a hungry infant.  15
  Intolerable as a fortunate fool.  16
  Kind as consent.  17
  Low as a baboon’s forehead.  18
  Push on—like ambition.  19
  Most questions are like a plank: have two sides.  20
  Rushed like the hot blood in the veins of a fever-stricken child.  21
  Shameless as a nude statue.  22
  Silent, like a sundial in the shade.  23
  Startles like a pistol shot at a wedding.  24
  Stupid as hounds chasing an iron deer.  25
  Thirsty as Tantalus.  26
  Unelastic as a mathematical fact.  27
  United, like a hook and eye.  28
  Unseen as a disbanded rainbow.  29
  Vehement as party spleen.  30
  Volatile as a bell.  31

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