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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  Lay asleep like green waves on the sea.  1
  A beard like an artichoke, with dry shrivelled jaws.  2
  Blushing like the perfumed morn.  3
  Blush like my waistcoat.  4
  Caught, like vipers, with a bit of red cloth.  5
  Your character at present is like a person in a plethora, absolutely dying from too much health.  6
  Dull as catalogues.  7
  Envious as an old maid verging on the desperation of six and thirty.  8
  ’Tis not that she paints so ill but, when she has finished her face, she joins so badly to her neck, that she looks like a mended statue, in which the connoisseur may see at once that the head is modern, though the trunk’s antique.  9
  Headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.  10
  Secret as a coach-horse.  11
  Shrinks like scorched parchment from the fiery ordeal of true criticism.  12
  Smells of gunpowder like a soldier’s pouch.  13
  Swollen like a bladder.  14
  Like a clipp’d guinea, trembles in the scale.  15
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