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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
J. H. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  All talking and no listening, after the manner of a Woman’s Rights Convention.  1
  Big as all out of doors.  2
  Busy as a hen with fifteen chickens in a barnyard.  3
  Cold as the north side of a January gravestone by moonlight.  4
  Crazy as a bedbug.  5
  Fierce as a ramcat.  6
  Foul as Zebedee’s hen that laid three rotten eggs to a good one.  7
  Fresh as butter just from the churn.  8
  Good as wheat.  9
  Handy as a pocket in a shirt.  10
  Happy as a clam at high water.  11
  Hot as the devil’s kitchen.  12
  Hungry as a graven image.  13
  Important as a militia officer on a training day.  14
  Long as a Thanksgiving sermon.  15
  Long-winded as a tornado.  16
  Mad as all wrath.  17
  Mad as a bull among bumble bees.  18
  Melancholy as a Quaker meeting-house by moonlight.  19
  Natural as grinning to a hyena.  20
  Quick as greased lightning.  21
  Rough as the back of a hedgehog.  22
  Scarce as hens’ teeth.  23
  Shake him up like a shirt in a hurricane.  24
  Sharp as the little end of nothing.  25
  Sick as a horse.  26
  Silently as a snail slips over a cabbage leaf on a dewy morning.  27
  Slick as greased lightning.  28
  Slick as sin.  29
  Slick as a whistle.  30
  Slick as grease.  31
  Smiling as a basket of chips.  32
  Stick like a Comanche on a mustang. The worse it jumps, the tighter he sticks.  33
  Straight as a loon’s leg.  34
  Straight as a shingle.  35
  Sure as a gun.  36
  Tough as old hickory.  37
  Useless as whistling psalms to a dead horse.  38
  Full of wit as a ginger-bottle is of pop.  39
  Wrathy as a militia officer on a training day.  40

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