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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Plain as A. B. C. Anonymous  1
  Plain as a hat on a rack.
  Plain as a steeple.
  Plain as a pack-saddle.
  Plain as the shepherd nymph in russet weeds.
  Plain as two and two make four.
  Plain as your own miniken-breeches.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  As plain as noon-day.
            —George H. Boker
  She dresses as plain as the lily that modestly grows in the valley.
            —Patrick Brontë
  Plain as truth.
            —George Chapman
  Plain as a demonstration in Euclid.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  Her dress was as plain as an umbrella cover.
            —Joseph Conrad
  Plain as plainness.
            —John Davies
  As plain to everybody as the sun.
            —Charles Dickens
  As plain as water’s water.
            —George Eliot
  Plain as a pikestaff.
            —Samuel Foote
  Plain as a dropped egg on a plate of hash.
            —Sewell Ford
  Plain as the way to market.
            —Benjamin Franklin
  Plain as the sunlight.
            —James Anthony Froude
  As plain as the moral law.
            —Bret Harte
  Plain as the man with lantern.
            —Thomas Hood
  Plain as whisper in the ear.
            —Thomas Hood
  Plain as the record on the prophet’s scroll.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  As plain as a hole in a grindstone.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  As plain as the round shield of the sun blazing on high.
            —James Huneker
  Plain as print.
            —Samuel Lover
  Plaine … as the high way.
            —John Lyly
  Plain as the sun in heaven.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Plain … as a rudimentary sum in arithmetic.
            —George Meredith
  Plain as the light in the sun or as the man in the moon.
            —Thomas Otway
  Plain as a nose in a man’s face.
            —François Rabelais
  Plain as the plain bald pate of Father Time himself.
            —William Shakespeare
  Plain as way to parish church.
            —William Shakespeare
  Plain and smooth like a Quaker’s meeting.
            —James Smith
  Plain as the sun at noonday.
            —Laurence Sterne
  Plain as the glistening planets shine when winds have cleared the skies.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Plain as a weed.
            —Bayard Taylor
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