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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sir John Vanbrugh
 
  Coxcombs keep each other company, like two knives, to whet each other.  1
  A fool, like a bottle, which would make you merry in company, will make you dull alone.  2
  Extended as the heavens.  3
  Extravagance is like a violent fire, that is no sooner stopped in one place than it breaks out in another.  4
  Furious … as a bitch is when she has lost her puppies.  5
  As gay as a bridegroom.  6
  Implacable an adversary as a wife suing for alimony.  7
  She looks like an old coach new painted, affecting an unseemly smugness, whilst she is ready to drop to pieces.  8
  Love … like a pirate, takes you by spreading false colors.  9
  Love, like virtue, is its own reward.  10
  Love, like fortune, turns upon a heel, and is very much given to rising and falling.  11
  Young lovers, like game cocks, are made bolder by being kept without light.  12
  Marrying a widow is an easy business, like leaping the hedge where another has gone over before.  13
  Mistresses, like friends, are lost by letting ’em handle your money.  14
  Silent in conversation as a country lover.  15
  Wander from mistress to mistress, like a pilgrim from town to town, who every night must have a fresh lodging, and ’s in haste to be gone in the morning.  16
  Yawn and stretch like a greyhound by the fireside.  17
 
 
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