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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Charles Dickens
 
  Aslant, like the angels in Jacob’s dream.  1
  Beautiful as noon-day.  2
  Black as thunder.  3
  Blended like the colors in the rainbow.  4
  Blind as a brickbat.  5
  Bob up like the hammers in a pianoforte.  6
  Brazen as alabaster.  7
  Huge bulk like a sea monster among the minnows of the Thames.  8
  Calm as Clapham.  9
  Second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on.  10
  Certain to make his way there as a gimlet is to go through soft deal.  11
  Cheerful as the day was long.  12
  Chuckles, like the opening of a bottle of some effervescent beverage.  13
  Cleared like a doubtful morning when it gives place to a bright noon.  14
  Clung to the soil like Caliban.  15
  Coarse in grain as the bark of an oak.  16
  Collapse like the cheeks of a starved man.  17
  Comfortable as the hungry pig was, when he was shut up by mistake in the grain department of a brewery.  18
  Convivial as a live trout in a lime-basket.  19
  Crisp as new bank notes.  20
  Cross as two sticks.  21
  Curled like a pastoral crook.  22
  Curled up like hot paper.  23
  Ever darker and darker, like the shadow of advancing death.  24
  Darting skyward like a rocket.  25
  Dead as Pharaoh.  26
  She was a little dilapidated, like a house, with having been so long to let.  27
  Disappeared, like the shadow thrown by a passing cloud.  28
  Distress is forever going about like soot in the air.  29
  Drag like lead.  30
  Dry as a chip.  31
  Dry as a lime-basket.  32
  Dry as the desert.  33
  Dull as laudanum.  34
  Eccentric as comets.  35
  So evanescent that it was like a shape made in water.  36
  Excite him, as the donkeys on the green did Betsy Trotwood.  37
  Flat as a juryman.  38
  Fluttered like a bird with broken wings.  39
  Fresh as a lark.  40
  Fresh as butter.  41
  Gay as a butterfly.  42
  Gently as an angel’s hand.  43
  Gilded as a glittering toy.  44
  Glistened like the path of diamonds in the sun.  45
  Gloomy as a hobgoblin.  46
  Grave as a judge.  47
  Grave as an organ.  48
  Growled within himself like a little double-bass.  49
  Makes such head as a fire does in a raging wind.  50
  Heavy as the hand of death.  51
  Holds as tight as a horse-leech.  52
  Howl like a wolf.  53
  An idea, like a ghost (according to the common notion of ghosts), must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.  54
  Immovable as a pump or a lamp-post.  55
  Impossible as it would be for a full balloon not to go up.  56
  Interlocked like a couple of preposterous gladiators.  57
  Jerked his head like a bird.  58
  Lingering about like a bailiff.  59
  Mild as any lamb that ever pastured in the fields.  60
  Nodded like a plume.  61
  Sharp nose like a sharp autumn evening, inclined to be frosty towards the end.  62
  Oppressed like foul air.  63
  Pale as a candle.  64
  Pale as a muffin.  65
  Time passed away as a tale which is told.  66
  Passed out as quickly as a sunbeam.  67
  As plain to everybody as the sun.  68
  Plump as a peach.  69
  Quarrelsome, like a sparrow.  70
  Quiet as a sepulchre.  71
  Red as beetroot.  72
  Regular as military drums.  73
  Rough as a Sea Porkypine.  74
  In rows, like figures in a sum.  75
  Saunters … like an idle river very leasurely strolling down a flat country to the sea.  76
  Set, as a piece of sculpture.  77
  Shine like cherub’s cheeks.  78
  Sifted fine as flour.  79
  Silent as a flame that fails.  80
  Sleek as Mr. Pecksniff.  81
  Slight … as a dew-drop.  82
  Time slipping by you, as if it was an animal at rustic sports with his tail soaped.  83
  It came on slowly, like a cloud when there is no wind.  84
  Smart as a sixpence.  85
  Smiles like clockwork.  86
  Smooth as a new laid egg.  87
  Walked as softly as the ghost in Hamlet.  88
  Sparkling all over, like a harlequin.  89
  Split like a fired shell.  90
  Spurned like any reptile.  91
  Stiff like a state coachman.  92
  Sitting stiffly by, like a functionary presiding over an interview, previous to an execution.  93
  Straight as any plummet line.  94
  Straight as a crow flies.  95
  Sure as sun-up.  96
  Tender as a lamb.  97
  Thick as scarecrows in England.  98
  Tight as a gooseberry.  99
  Unintelligible as any dream.  100
  Vanished away, like spectres.  101
  Vanish like a breath.  102
  Vanished like a discontented fairy.  103
  Vaprous as a witch’s cauldron.  104
  Weak as a reed.  105
  Weak as flesh.  106
  White as ashes.  107
  Withered and pale as an old pauper.  108
  Within another, like the ivory balls in a Chinese carving.  109
 
 
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