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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Idle as digging in the bottom of the river for the stars we see reflected on the surface.
  Idle as railing at a deaf man.
  Idle as to aim at inscrutable things beyond the moon.
  Idle as a lazzarone.
            —Joseph Ashby-Sterry
As idle as a dial when the sun
Sulks in the clouds.
            —Alfred Austin
  Idle as the stroke of a cane on the hide of rhinoceros.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Idle as air.
            —Alice Cary
  As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Idle, as the dreams of maids.
            —Walter Harte
  Idle as a summer noon.
            —Omar Khayyám
  Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store.
            —Joyce Kilmer
  Idle, and mean as a collier’s whelp.
            —Rudyard Kipling
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