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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Dead as Chelsea.
  Dead as a man after two doctors have visited him.
  Dead as leaves on a painted canvas.
  Dead as mackerel.
  Dead as the nail in a coffin.
  Dead as the Roman Empire.
  Dead as the wholesale district on Sunday.
  Dead as Aristophanes.
            —William Archer
                My sweetest child,
Which like a flow’r crush’d with a blast, is dead.
            —Sir John Beaumont
Dead as a buried vestal whose whole strength
Goes when the grate above shuts heavily.
            —Robert Browning
  As dead to the life I once lived as if the Styx rolled between it and me.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  As dead to you as the dust of your fathers.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Dead as a herring.
            —Samuel Butler
  Dede as stoon.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Dead as Scrooge’s partner.
            —Henry A. Clapp
  Dead as Julius Cæsar.
            —Joseph Conrad
  Dead as Pharaoh.
            —Charles Dickens
  Dead as a salmon in a fishmonger’s basket.
            —George Farquhar
  Dead as charity.
            —Nathaniel Field
  Dead as a perished delight.
            —Josiah Gilbert Holland
Dead as the bulrushes round little Moses,
On the old banks of the Nile.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Dead to sounds, as a ship out of soundings.
            —Thomas Hood
  Dead as bricks.
            —Thomas Hood
  More dead than Morpheus’ imaginings.
            —John Keats
  Ded as a dore-nayle.
            —William Langland
  Ded as dore-tree.
            —William Langland
                Lies dead,
As a corse on the sea-shore, whose spirit has fled.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Dead as last year’s clothes in a fashionable fine lady’s wardrobe.
            —George Meredith
The Dead are like the stars by day;
  Withdrawn from mortal eye,
But not extinct, they hold their way
  In glory through the sky.
            —James Montgomery
  Dead as wood.
            —Lewis Morris
  Dead as desire in the dead.
            —Sydney Munden
  Dead as mutton.
            —Charles Reade
  Dead as a dog that lieth in a ditch.
            —Samuel Rowlands
  Dead as earth.
            —William Shakespeare
Death lies on her, like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
            —William Shakespeare
  Dead as night when stars wax dim.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Dead as dreams of days that were
Before the new-born world lay bare
In heaven’s wide eye.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dead as the carver’s figured throng.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dead as the dawn’s grey dew
At high midnoon of the mounting day that mocks the might of the dawn it slew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dead as yesterday.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  As dead and sapless as last month’s leaves.
            —Sir Henry Taylor
  Dead as dreams.
            —William Watson
  Dead as smelts.
            —Daniel Webster
  Dead as the ropes of roses on St. James street.
            —Israel Zangwill
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