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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Fast as a jack rabbit in front of a prairie fire.
  Fast as a dog will lick a dish.
  As fast as the foam-flakes drift on the river.
  As fast as a fisher could let out line.
            —J. M. Barrie
  Fast as Time’s swift pinions can convey.
            —Samuel Boyse
  Fast as the streaming rain.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Gulp it down as fast as a Neapolitan beggar does a plateful of free scalding-hot macaroni.
            —Henry T. Finck
  Served as fast as you throw the five baseballs at the colored gentleman’s head.
            —O. Henry
                Our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And as a vapour, or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again.
            —Robert Herrick
Fast as the rolling seasons bring
The hour of fate to those we love.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Fast as light.
            —Victor Hugo
  Fast as a horse can trot.
            —Ben Jonson
Spend vows as fast as vapors, which go off
Even with the fumes.
            —Charles Lamb
  Fast as windy flames devour.
            —George Meredith
  Fading fast as rainbows.
            —Thomas Moore
  Held her fast, mercilessly, as a snake holds a little bird.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Fast as a dog can trot.
            —François Rabelais
  Fast as the magnet flies.
            —Edmond Rostand
  As fast as the simoon’s desert wind.
            —Friedrich Rückert
  Fast as an eagle through the air.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
As lagging fowls before the northern blast.
            —William Shakespeare
  Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
            —William Shakespeare
  Entrap the hearts of men, faster than gnats in cobwebs.
            —William Shakespeare
  Faster than thought or time.
            —William Shakespeare
  Fast as autumn days toward winter.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fast as fire on earth devours.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fast as the gin’s grip of a wayfarer.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fast as warriors grip their brands when battle’s bolt is hurled.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Made fast as with anchors to land.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fast in bondage as herded beasts.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fast as storm could speed.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Faster than dolphins do o’ershoot the tide, cours’d by the yawning shark.
            —Charles J. Wells
Fast as a musician scatters sound
Out of an instrument.
            —William Wordsworth
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