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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
William Makepeace Thackeray
  Bald as a cannon ball.  1
  Blue like an ancient Briton.  2
  I blush as red as cochineal.  3
  Bulged out in the sun like a pumpkin.  4
  Calm as a Quaker.  5
  Clean as the carving knife chops the carrot.  6
  Dismal as a mute at a funeral.  7
  Eager as a ghoul for blood.  8
  Earrings like chandeliers.  9
  Fabulous as Bucephalus or Black Bess.  10
  They fall like grass before the mower.  11
  Fragrant as lilacs.  12
  Fresh as a man’s recollections of boyhood.  13
  Gaudy, like a harlequin’s jacket.  14
  Gracious as a duchess.  15
  Happy as a rose-tree in sunshine.  16
  A woman’s heart is just like a lithographer’s stone,—what is once written upon it cannot be rubbed out.  17
  Leered at her like a satyr.  18
  Lingering a minute, like outcast spirits, who wait, and see, through the heaven’s gate, angels within it.  19
  Magnificent as Mrs. Siddons as Lady Macbeth.  20
  Malicious as Satan.  21
  Pale as a tablecloth.  22
  Pompous as an undertaker.  23
  Proud as the Bourbons.  24
  Puffy as a bolster.  25
  Red as a poppy.  26
  Restless as Ulysses.  27
  Roars like a bull of Bashan.  28
  Round and pale as a pair of suet dumplings.  29
  Ruinous as guilt.  30
A shriek and a yell
Like the devils of hell.
  Shrunk away tremulously, as fairies in the story-books, before a superior bad angel.  32
  Eat his dinner as silently as a brother of La Trappe.  33
  Snobbishness is like death in a quotation from Horace, which I hope you never have heard, “beating with equal foot at poor men’s doors, and kicking at the gates of Emperors.”  34
  Soft as satin.  35
  Sound as a top.  36
  Stared aghast at her a minute, as Macbeth might on beholding Banquo’s sudden appearance at his ball-supper.  37
  Stately as a queen.  38
  Sulky as a bear.  39
  Sure as comes the postman and the sun.  40
  Tall as a grenadier.  41
  Timid as a fawn.  42
  Vain as a girl.  43
  White as a ceiling.  44
  I turned as white as cold boil’d veal.  45
  White, and ghastly, like an army of tombstones by moonlight.  46
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