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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Cold as loveless duty done.
            —Mary Louisa Anderson
  Cold as a dog’s nose.
  Cold as a frog.
  Cold as a hot-water bag in the morning.
  Cold as an enthusiastic New England audience.
  Cold as a ramrod.
  Cold as a tomb.
  Cold as Greenland’s icy mountains.
  Cold as charity.
  Cold as iron.
  Cold as the heart of a courtesan.
  Cold as the grave.
            —Matthew Arnold
  Icy cold as a crypt.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Tears as cold as the stones on which sorrowing hearts had caused to be carved their regrets.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Cold as the north side of a January gravestone by moonlight.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  As cold as cucumbers.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Cold … As a young nun the day she is envested.
            —Aphra Behn
  Cold like a corpse.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  Cold … as graveyard stones from which the lichen’s scraped.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Cold as the rocks of Torneo’s hoary brow.
            —Thomas Campbell
  As colde as eny froste.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Colde as ston.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Cold as the ice on northern sea.
            —Ella D. Clymer
  Cold as clay.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Cold as a turtle.
            —Richard Cumberland
  Cauld as the drifting snow.
            —Allan Cunningham
  Cauld as the marble stone.
            —Allan Cunningham
  Cold as the clod.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Cold as one who waits for burial mould.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Cold as a leaf long pillowed on a stone.
            —Arthur D. Fiske
  Cold as the coiling water-snake.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Cold, just like a summer grate.
            —Thomas Hood
  Cold as salt.
            —James Huneker
  Cold as the mountain stream.
            —Mrs. Richmond Inglis
  Cold as a bubbling well.
            —John Keats
  Cold as a skeleton.
            —Amy Leslie
Cold as the breath of winds that blow
To silver shot descending snow.
            —Richard Lovelace
  As cold as an earthworm.
            —Maurice Maeterlinck
  Cold as the night-dews on the world.
            —Gerald Massey
  Cold as a fireless hearth.
            —Gerald Massey
  Cold as a fish.
            —George Meredith
  Cold as a mountain in its star-pitched tent.
            —George Meredith
  Cold as Death’s chill hand.
            —William J. Mickle
  Cold as the snows of Rhodope.
            —Hannah More
  Cold as a dead maid’s cheek.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Cold as the Cloyster’d Nun.
            —The Muses Recreation, 1656
  Cold as marble.
  Cold as Diana’s Crescent.
            —Jane Porter
  Cold as the world’s heart.
            —Charles Reade
  Cold as when death’s foot shall pass.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  Cold as a dead man’s nose.
            —William Shakespeare
  Cold as a snowball.
            —William Shakespeare
  My belly is as cold as if I had swallowed snowballs for pills to cool the veins.
            —William Shakespeare
  Cold as dew to drooping leaves.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Cold, like a frozen chaos.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Cold as blight of dew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Cold as … dawn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Cold as the cast-off garb that is cold as clay.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Grew cold as a winter wave
In the wind from a wide-mouthed grave,
As a gulf wide open to swallow
The light that the world held dear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Cold as fears.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Cold as rains in autumn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Cold as winter’s sky.
            —John Aaddington Symonds
  Cold as the moon.
            —John B. Tabb
  As the night-mists … cold.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Cold, like a star.
            —William Watson
  Cold as the rank and wasting weeds, which lie in the pool’s dark bed.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
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