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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Osmanli Proverb
  Additional, like the cipher on the left.  1
  Changeable, like the sparrow, who stops not on one twig.  2
  Like a chameleon, he changes.  3
  His work is as clean as silver lace.  4
  As difficult as for a slave girl to please a slave-dealer.  5
  With disgust … like one who draws out a hair from fresh butter.  6
  He flits like a bee.  7
  He flies like a dog that has burnt his paw.  8
  A profitless friend is like a fleece without hair.  9
  Like a camel’s guide, he always keeps in front.  10
  He growls like a bear that has burnt his paw.  11
  The ignorant person is like a cock out of season, which crows at midnight.  12
  Like a broker’s mouth, he speaks incessantly.  13
  Limpid as the eye of a heron.  14
  Noisy as women bathing in a river.  15
  He pierces like a lady’s needle.  16
  He reels like a ship that has met with waves raised by the southeast wind.  17
  Rich as an alum seller.  18
  They scattered like a brood of partridges.  19
  He sings like an empty water jar.  20
  Smudged, like a shopkeeper’s account-book.  21
  He stings like a scorpion.  22
  Sullen as an Algerine colt.  23
  His tongue is like a biscuit-seller’s shovel—long tongued.  24
  Upright, like a taper.  25
  Vain as to strike an axe on a rock.  26
  He vanishes like a man who has caused his property to be snatched from a swindler.  27
  Voracious as a camel, swallowing his leaven.  28
  Waddles like a Armenian bride.  29
  He whines like a Jew whose house is burnt.  30
  The world is like a tree trunk full of ants; he who comes into it knows nothing; he who goes from it, comes not again.  31

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