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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Spread out like a circus parade.
  Spreads like an inflammation.
  Spreads like ivy.
  Spreads like gossip.
  Spreads like honeysuckle in Virginia.
  Spreads like a lie.
  Spread like a rushing torrent.
  Spreads like measles in a country school.
  Spread like a drop of oil on a pool.
  Spread like a cinder shower from Vesuvius.
  Spreads … like the great voice of the sea.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Spread like fingers.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Spreads like fire.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Spreading his hands and all of his fingers, like the threads of a spider’s web.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Spread like wild-geese.
            —George Chapman
  The conflagration spread like a flaming garland.
            —René de François Chateaubriand
  Spread like fire among stubble.
            —Sanford Cox
  Spreads like a memory.
            —Giosuè Carducci
  Spread like fog.
            —John Dryden
  An innumerable crowd spread like a black robe over the shore.
            —Hamlin Garland
  Roots … spreading like huge creeping snakes over the surface of the evil.
            —Ernst H. Haeckel
  Spread, like distant morning in the skies.
            —John Hughes
  Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains.
            —Madame de Lespinasse
  The fancy of this exclusion spread immediately, like a gangrene, over the whole body of the monarchy.
            —Sir Roger L’Estrange
  Spreads like a snow-ball.
            —William J. Locke
  Spread like an ocean.
            —Edward Lovibond
  Spreading like a mighty flock of sheep.
            —Walter Malone
  Spread out, wide as the width of mind.
            —Lewis Morris
  Spreads like a surface.
            —John Pomfret
  Spread like wildfire.
            —Ray (Collectanea)
  Spread like a contagion.
            —Mrs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
As the delicate rose
To the sun’s sweet strength
Doth herself unclose,
Breadth and length;
So spreads my heart to thee.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Silence spread … like water that a pebble stirs.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  Spreads like scandal after a sewing bee.
            —William Sage
  Spread like evil ulcers.
  Spread like a quenchless fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like radiance from the cloud-surrounded morn.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Spreads, like the round ocean, girdled with the sky.
            —Robert Southey
  Her rich locks spread like sunbeams on the wind.
            —Torquato Tasso
  Spread … abroad as the four winds of heaven.
            —Old Testament
  As the valleys are they spread forth.
            —Old Testament
  Spreading himself like a green bay tree.
            —Old Testament
  Spread like a halo round a misty moon.
            —William Wordsworth
  Spread like a sea.
            —William Wordsworth
  Spread like plagues.
            —William Wordsworth
  Spread like day.
            —William Wordsworth
  The slaughter spread like flame.
            —William Wordsworth

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