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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
James Fenimore Cooper
  The old man proceeded alone into the waste, like a bold vessel leaving its haven to enter on the trackless field of the ocean.  1
  Ancient as the spot on which the bricks of Babylon are found.  2
  Busy as a cow’s tail in fly time.  3
  Darted away like a bird that has been fluttering around its nest before it takes a distant flight.  4
  Flocking into the country like pigeons in the Spring.  5
  Thrown aside and forgotten as are the hoofs and horns of a buffalo.  6
  Gaping like an indolent lion.  7
  Generous as a lord.  8
  Glided … like naked demons flitting among the clouds.  9
  Glistened like a plate of beaten silver.  10
  You dosed me with a drug that hangs about my tongue like a pound-weight on a humming-bird’s wing.  11
  Joyous as the song of the wren.  12
  Light as the sea-fowl rocking in the storm.  13
  Listened … like a stag whose mysterious faculties had detected the footsteps of the distant hounds in the gale.  14
  Listened like one in whom a train of novel ideas had been excited by the reasoning of the other.  15
  Mute, like one who pondered on strange and unaccountable events.  16
  The people I love most are scattered as the sands of the dry river beds fly before the fall hurricane.  17
  Sprang forward like a courser for the goal.  18
  Yielded like melted snow.  19

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