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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Maurice Hewlett
  Adhere like ticks to a sheep’s back.  1
  Backward like the long wash of a wave.  2
  Came from all sides like conspirators from a wood in a tragedy.  3
  Clear … as spring water in the high rocks.  4
  Clung … like ivy to a tree.  5
  Complexion like a pink rose’s.  6
  Cruel as the sun.  7
  Dance up and down, like a bear asking for supper.  8
  Deadly as a night frost.  9
  Dull as a mud-flat.  10
  Eyes frosty blue, like a winter sea that is made bright, not warm, by the sun.  11
  Eyes like a hare’s, that look sideways for danger.  12
  Eyes like stars, robed in dull red.  13
  Eyebrows like curved snow-drifts.  14
  Face like a flame.  15
  Grunting like some pounded animal.  16
  Hair like weed.  17
  An old lady with a jaw like a flat-iron.  18
  Kneeling … like a painted lady on an altar tomb.  19
  Set as lightly as a mouse-trap.  20
  Love rushed through him as a river in flood.  21
  Lived maddeningly, like a man who has a drumming in his ear.  22
  As no two pots will boil alike, so with men; they seethe in trouble with a difference.  23
  Meandered … like a lazy brook among water-meadows.  24
  Meek as any baby.  25
  Motionless, like a woman of wax.  26
  Patient as death.  27
  Pious as a virgin enclosed.  28
  Rages … like a leopard caged.  29
  Rage like a thirst.  30
  Dry red, like old blood.  31
  Roaring like a foundered horse.  32
  Ruthless as the sea.  33
  Scatter like smoke.  34
  Shuddered like a man in a fever.  35
  Sleek as a cat.  36
  Snapped up—like a steel gin.  37
  Snarled like an old dog.  38
  Solemn as a dying nun.  39
  Stiff as a pointer’s tail.  40
  Surely as a blind man is pulled by his dog into the butcher’s shop.  41
  Swayed like a pole in the tideway.  42
  Sweating like a porous pitcher.  43
  Swooped into the fray like a sea-eagle into a school of mackerel in a shallow.  44

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