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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
R. D. Blackmore
  Askew, like sheep through a hurdle.  1
  Bent like an old bruised lantern.  2
  Blue as the sky in spring.  3
  Bright as an iceberg.  4
  Brighter than the sun through wheat.  5
  Burrow like a weasel.  6
  Bursting like a bean-pod.  7
  Calm as deep rivers.  8
  Clogged like honey.  9
  Crackling as artillery.  10
  Dark as a wood.  11
  Delicately, as fingers play sad music.  12
  Flashing, like a newly-awakened flame.  13
  Flashed like the spray of a fountain.  14
  Flips away like whalebone from the finger.  15
  Fluttering like a raven wounded.  16
  Fresher than the day-star.  17
  Frizzled like a lawyer’s wig.  18
  Gentle as a turtle-dove.  19
  Gently as a rabbit goes.  20
  Gladdening to our eyes as the flowers in May.  21
  Gleamed upon the water like a bride at her looking-glass.  22
  Glistening, like a maid at her own ideas.  23
  Glistened like dormer-windows piled with snow.  24
  Gone as a shadow goes.  25
  Happy as a May-pole.  26
  Hazy, like an oil-lamp full of fungus.  27
  Innocent as an infant.  28
  Laughed like a bell.  29
  Leaped in the air like a shot rabbit.  30
  Lifting my heart to her, as the spring wind lifts the clouds.  31
  Light as cobwebs.  32
  Loud as a culverin.  33
  Louder than harvest thunderstorm.  34
  Motionless as a tombstone.  35
  Murmured like a shell.  36
  Quick, as a darted beam of light.  37
  Quiver, like a weed in water.  38
  Red as a plum.  39
  Rising like springs ingathered.  40
  Scared like a wild bird flies.  41
  Sharp, like the crack of a pistol.  42
  Shone like a cherry by candle-light.  43
  Simple as the flowers in the field.  44
  Simple as milking.  45
  Soft voice as a laughing dream.  46
  Soft as the breeze flitting over the flowers.  47
  Sparkling like the dancing of new stars.  48
  Spread like fingers.  49
  Sprightly, as a hayfield.  50
  Steep, like the ladder of a hay-mow.  51
  Stern as block of bogwood oak.  52
  Stick to it, like a clenched nail.  53
  Still as a log.  54
  Striped like a viper’s loins.  55
  Stuck to me like cobbler’s wax.  56
  Stuck like leeches.  57
  Suddenly, like a thunder-bolt.  58
  Sure as stars of hope.  59
  Sure as sunrise.  60
  Surely as fame belongs to earth.  61
  Swift as the summer lightning.  62
  Trembling, as sunshine comes through aspen-leaves.  63
  Trembled like a folded sheep at the bleating of her lamb.  64
  Tremble, like the trembling of an arch ere the key-stone is put in.  65
  Trembling, like water after sunset.  66
  Unuseful, as if void of mind.  67
  Upright as a young apple tree.  68
  Gruff voice, like the creaking of the gallows-chain.  69
  Wagging, like a bed of clover-leaves in the morning.  70
  Waiting, like a lamp-post.  71
  Warm as a cricket.  72
  Yellow as gamboge.  73

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