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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Clean as a die.
  Clean as a Dutch oven.
  Clean as a new pin.
  Clean as a pebble.
  Clean as crystal.
  Clean as light.
  Cleaner than our sister the water.
  Clean as virgin silver.
            —Arabian Nights
  Clean as sifted corn.
  As clean as a Flemish interior.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Clean as a maiden’s honor.
            —Björnstjerne Björnson
  Clean as a whistle.
            —John Byrom
  Clean as a [new] penny.
            —John Gay
  Clean as a beaver.
            —Bret Harte
  Clean as a maid from guile and fleshy sin.
            —Robert Stephen Hawker
As if o’erwashed with Hippocrene.
            —Robert Herrick
  Clean as running water in a cress-fringed brook.
            —Edwin Leibfreed
  Clean as a red-hot poker.
            —George Meredith
  Clean as the bright from the black.
            —George Meredith
  His work is as clean as silver lace.
            —Osmanli Proverb
  As clean as a leek.
            —Scottish Proverb
  Clean as a rose is after rain.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Clean as a hound’s tooth.
            —Theodore Roosevelt
  Clean as a sound sheep’s heart.
            —William Shakespeare
  Clean as a sponge wipes a chalk problem from a blackboard.
            —J. Russell Smith
                Clean of cloud
As though day’s heart were proud
And heaven’s were glad.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Clean as blood of babes.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Clean as the carving knife chops the carrot.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
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