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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Absurd as an excuse.  1
  Absurd as to ask a man if he’ll have salt on his ice cream.  2
  Absurd as to ask if the flowers love the dew.  3
  Absurd as to expect a beauty to search for her likeness in the back of a looking-glass.  4
  Abundant as air and water.  5
  A troupe of acrobats is like a combination to a safe: both have tumblers.  6
  Active as a boy climbing a crab-apple tree for a cargo of cramp-generators.  7
  Active as a fire department during a conflagration.  8
  Active as a pea in a bladder.  9
  Active as a pea on a griddle.  10
  Active as quicksilver.  11
  An actor is like a cigar; the more you puff him the smaller he gets.  12
  Adhere like burrs.  13
  Adhesive as a postage stamp.  14
  Adhesive as fly-paper.  15
  Where like a fire to heather set, Bauld Thomas did advance.  16
  Advancing, as the chorus to the footlights.  17
  Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.  18
  Advice after mischief is like medicine after death.  19
  Affairs, like a salt fish, ought to be a good while a-soaking.  20
  Aghast, like beaten hounds that dare not whine.  21
  Agile as a cat.  22
  Agree like finger and thumb.  23
  Agree like the hare and the hound.  24
  Alert as a chamois.  25
  Alike as two peas.  26
  Alone, like a leper.  27
  Amorous as a pair of love-birds.  28
  Amorous as a parrakeet.  29
  Like fragile ice, anger passes away in time.  30
  Answer like a book.  31
  Answer like a parrot.  32
  Answered like a sail taking a breeze.  33
  Far apart as the earth and the arch above.  34
  Far apart as the poles.  35
  Aphorism, like vinegar, should be used with discretion.  36
  Arching, like a fish-hook.  37
  Arched, like a horn.  38
  Arched like a mule’s back in a hail storm.  39
  Ardent as a boy.  40
  Artificial as clockwork.  41
  Austere as a tree full of owls.  42
  Awful as the negligence of woe.  43
  Awkward as a blind dog in a meat shop.  44
  Awkward as a bull in a China shop.  45
  Awkward as a cow on ice.  46
  Awkward as a pig in a parlor.  47
  Bad as the itch.  48
  Bald as a billiard ball.  49
  Bald as an egg.  50
  Barbarous as a man who uses his finger for a paper knife.  51
  Bare as a Scotchman’s knee.  52
  Bare as a stone.  53
  Barren as a New Hampshire granite hill.  54
  Barren as a South African veldt.  55
  Baseless as the fabric of a vision.  56
  Bashful as a school-girl.  57
  Bawl like an auctioneer.  58
  Bawling like sailors in a tavern.  59
  Beamed like the splendor of an eastern sky.  60
            Like the walnut tree,
The more he is beaten, the better he’ll be.
  Beautiful as a chemical blonde.  62
  Beautiful as Adonis.  63
  Beautiful as a sunset.  64
  Beautiful as the dawn.  65
  Beautiful as the face of a young Greek god.  66
  Beautiful as the seraph’s dream.  67
  Beautiful as Zenobia.  68
  Beauty without modesty is like a flower broken from its stem.  69
  Beg like a dog at a fair.  70
  Bellows like the vagrant winds.  71
  Bends like a willow in the wind.  72
  Benefits, like flowers, please most when they are fresh.  73
  Bent like a drooping rose.  74
  Bent like a whip.  75
  Big as an elephant.  76
  Big as a house.  77
  Big as a whale.  78
  Big as life and twice as natural.  79
  Binding as a wedding ring.  80
  Bitter as the suffering of life.  81
  Bitter as gall.  82
  Black as Alaskan sealskin.  83
  Black as a stack of black cats.  84
  Black as a thundercloud.  85
  Black as a tinker.  86
  Black as blindness.  87
  Black as Egypt’s night.  88
  Black as a sloe.  89
  Black as snow in London.  90
  Black as the Duke of Hell’s black riding boots.  91
  Black as the inside of a man who drank a bottle of ink.  92
  Black as the mantle that shrouds the blind.  93
  Black as Uncle Tom.  94
  Blank as an empty bottle.  95
  Blaze like the eyes of a maniac.  96
  Blazed up like a beacon.  97
  Bleak as the ocean vast.  98
  Bleat like a lamb.  99
  Blind as a bank director.  100
  Blind as a bat.  101
  Blind as a white cat with a blue eye.  102
  Blind as Cupid.  103
  Blinking like a toad in a sand heap.  104
  Blithe as a bird on a cherry bough.  105
  Blithe as a grig.  106
  Danced as blithely and briskly as a lost red maple leaf fluttering madly in a keen October breeze.  107
  Bloated like a squeezed cat.  108
  Bloomed like a bridal-chamber.  109
  Blooming as a peach.  110
  Blooming with promise like an apple in the month of May.  111
  Blue as a whale.  112
  Blue as blue-bell bed.  113
  Blue as cobalt.  114
  Blue as forget-me-nots.  115
  Blue as indigo.  116
  Blue as melancholy.  117
  Blue as October skies.  118
  Blue as the soft azure surface of the southern sea.  119
  Blue as your nose on a cold day.  120
  Blunt as a hammer.  121
  Blunt as a meat-ax.  122
  Blush like an opal.  123
  Bobbing up and down like a duck in a mud puddle.  124
  Bold as a blind man.  125
  Bold as Beauchamp.  126
  Bold as Joan of Arc.  127
  Boldly … like giants conquering in a noble cause.  128
  Bony as an ossified shad.  129
  Bow like a field of wheat before the rising wind.  130
  Bows like a reed in a tempest.  131
  Brave as a Barbary lion.  132
  Brave as Achilles.  133
  Brave as a mad bull.  134
  Brave as Launcelot.  135
  Brazen as an image.  136
  Breathing like the Spring.  137
  Breathe like toads under ground.  138
  Briefer than the twinkling of an eye.  139
  Bright as a blister.  140
  Bright as a dollar.  141
  Bright as a new penny.  142
  Bright as a pewter pot.  143
  Bright as at Creation’s day.  144
  Bright as fairies that in a sunbeam dance.  145
  Bright as Japanese bronze.  146
  Bright as new silver.  147
  Bright as saucepans.  148
  Bright as Sharon’s rose.  149
  Bright as sunshine on the sea.  150
  Bright as the captain’s cabin of a man-of-war.  151
  Bright was her soul as Dian’s crest.  152
  Brilliant as a dream.  153
  Brilliant as Indian summer.  154
  Brilliant as the colors of the rainbow.  155
  Brisk as a flea.  156
  Bristles all over like a porcupine.  157
  Brooding like a dove for its mate.  158
  Her brow … is like the young moon.  159
  Bubbled like a tea-kettle beginning to boil.  160
  Burn into your soul like a curse.  161
  Bushy as the fleece of the ram.  162
  Busy as a beaver.  163
  Busy as a beehive attacked by a bear.  164
  Busy as a boy killing snakes.  165
  Busy as a good wife at an oven.  166
  Busy as a hen with one chick.  167
  Busy as a humming bird with two tails.  168
  Busy as a one-armed paperhanger with the hives.  169
  Busy as a pigeon at a shooting match.  170
  Busy as squirrels in a wheel.  171
  Busy as a ticking clock.  172
  Buzzing like a fly.  173
  Callous as Comus to moral babble.  174
  Calm as a convent.  175
  Calm as a cradled child in Dreamland slumber.  176
  Calm as a June day.  177
  Calm as a midnight sea.  178
  Calm as a saint in Paradise.  179
  Calm as a soft summer eve.  180
  Calm as a virgin in her shroud.  181
  Calm as clam shells.  182
  Calm as the society column of a newspaper.  183
  He came down the road like hell beating tanbark.  184
  Careful as the chief eunuch is of the Grand Seignior’s favorite Sultana.  185
  Caressed him like a lapdog.  186
  Carries it as badly as a callow youth in wine.  187
  Casting, like a sower afield.  188
  Cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain.  189
  Caught, like a bit of paper between the blades of a pair of shears.  190
  Cautious as a fox.  191
  As cautious as a Scot.  192
  As certain as that a brook must have banks.  193
  As certain as that a squirrel will climb a tree.  194
  As certain as that your shadow will follow you.  195
  As certain as that the leaves will fall in autumn.  196
  Certain as gold.  197
  Certain as that a crooked tree will have a crooked shadow.  198
  Certain as that a person not guilty of his own death, shortens not his own life.  199
  Certain as that light and heat come and go with the sun.  200
  Certain as that no mill no meal.  201
  Certain as that plants and animals grow and die.  202
  Certain as that sticks burn away in the fire.  203
  Certain as the movements of heavenly bodies.  204
  Certain as the multiplication table.  205
  Certain as that the ocean is the meeting-place of all waters; the skies, the meeting-place of all torches; the tongue, of all tastes; the nose, of all smells; the mind, of all precepts.  206
  Certain as the rising of the morning sun.  207
  Certain as that the Tweed runs from east to west.  208
  No more chance than a hen has of hatching a codfish from a fried egg.  209
  Change as woman, wind and fortune.  210
  Change, like Proteus.  211
  Change, like women’s thoughts and winter weather.  212
  Changeable as the moons.  213
  Changeful as the ocean bar.  214
  Characterless as a china shepherdess.  215
  Chaste as marble.  216
  Chaste as Minerva.  217
  Chaste as the moon.  218
  Chattering like a flock of daws.  219
  Cheap as dirt.  220
  Cheap as dog’s meat.  221
  Cheeks as brown as oak leaves.  222
  Cheerful as the birds.  223
  Cheerful as a mute at a funeral.  224
  Cheery as a June day in Georgia.  225
  Cheery as a sunbeam.  226
  Chill as death.  227
  Chimerical as the existence of the Brobdingnags or the Yahoos.  228
  Chirping like a cricket.  229
  Chubby as a cherub.  230
  Clairvoyant as the X-Ray.  231
  Clean as a die.  232
  Clean as a Dutch oven.  233
  Clean as a new pin.  234
  Clean as a pebble.  235
  Clean as crystal.  236
  Clean as light.  237
  Cleaner than our sister the water.  238
  Clear as a cube of solid sunshine.  239
  Clear as a die.  240
  About as clear as a misty morning on the Thames.  241
  Clear as daylight.  242
  Traced as clearly as currents upon a marble chart.  243
  A voice as clear as forest bird.  244
  Clear as mountain stream.  245
  Clear as paint.  246
  Clear as the notes of a cavalry bugle.  247
  Clear as the skin of a child.  248
  Clever as paint.  249
  Clicked like a spring lock.  250
  Cling around the soul, as the sky clings round the mute earth forever beautiful.  251
  Clinging … as ivy clings about an oak; as tuft-hunters with buzz and purr about a fellow-commoner.  252
  Cling like a forlorn hope.  253
  Clinging like a wet towel to a nail.  254
  Cling like moss to a damp wall.  255
  Clung … like a damp dish-cloth around a stove pipe.  256
  Clung like a drowning man.  257
  Close as clapboards on a house.  258
  Close as one second is to another.  259
  Close as heat to fire.  260
  Close as lovers sitting upon the sofa.  261
  Close as Noah in the ark.  262
  Close-mouthed as a clam.  263
  Closed as a shrine.  264
  A simple fellow in gay clothes is like a cinnamon-tree, the bark is of more value than the body.  265
  Cloudless as eternity.  266
  Clove as Ruth unto Naomi.  267
  Cloyed like a quenched and satisfied lust.  268
  Clumsy as a bear.  269
  Clumsy as a June-bug.  270
  Clumsy as the antics of a leviathan.  271
  Coarse as fustian.  272
  Coarse as hemp.  273
  Cold as a dog’s nose.  274
  Cold as a frog.  275
  Cold as a hot-water bag in the morning.  276
  Cold as an enthusiastic New England audience.  277
  Cold as a ramrod.  278
  Cold as a tomb.  279
  Cold as Greenland’s icy mountains.  280
  Cold as charity.  281
  Cold as iron.  282
  Cold as the heart of a courtesan.  283
  Collapsed like a house of cards.  284
  Colossal as the face of Big Ben.  285
  Comely as a bride.  286
  Comfortable as coin.  287
  Comfortable as an annuity.  288
  Comfortable as matrimony,—to an old woman.  289
  Common as a convenient saving.  290
  Common as backfence cats.  291
  Common as boiled cabbage.  292
  Common as coals from Newcastle.  293
  Common as daisies.  294
  Common as lying.  295
  Common as pig tracks in wet weather.  296
  Common as pins.  297
  Common as pug noses in Pittsburgh.  298
  Common as sawdust around a sawmill.  299
  Common as the town sewer.  300
  Commonplace as mud.  301
  Compares with—as the glow-worm compares with the eagle.  302
  Strong conceit is a kind of mental rudder which reason should hold for the purpose of steering the mind into its right courses.  303
  As confident as a bird committing itself to the air or a great fish to the deep.  304
  Confused as in a dream.  305
  Confused, like the roaring of waves.  306
  Simple and consistent as a plant.  307
  Conspicuous as pyramids.  308
  Constant as a shadow in the sun.  309
  Constant in motion as the spheres.  310
  Constantly in my thoughts, like the lost voice of his victim in those of the murderer.  311
More constant than the evening star,
Which mildly beams above.
  Consume as snow against the sun.  313
  Contagious as activity.  314
  Contagious as a yawn.  315
  Content as the males of Adrianus.  316
  A contented man is like a good tennis-player, who never fatigues and confounds himself running eternally after the ball, but stays till it comes to him.  317
  Continuous, like the brook.  318
  As contrary as Dick’s hatband.  319
  Contrary, like wind and tide meeting.  320
  Convincing as the multiplication table.  321
  Cool as a November twilight.  322
  Head as cool as an usurer’s.  323
  The heart of a coquette is like a rose, of which the lovers pluck the leaves, leaving only the thorns for the husband.  324
  A coquette is to a man what a toy is to a child: as long as it pleases him, he keeps on; when it ceases to please him he discards it.  325
Her countenance looked like the gentle buds
Unfolding their beauty in early Spring.
Countless, as the drops that glide
In the ocean’s billowy tide.
  Countless as locusts.  328
  In couples, like the clean and unclean beasts in Noah’s ark.  329
  Fall into couples, like the birds on Valentine’s day.  330
  Courageous as the cocks of Tanagra.  331
  Covers the country as the dew.  332
  Covetousness, like a candle ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own grease.  333
  Cowardly as a mob.  334
  Coy as a Croker’s mare.  335
  Crabbed as a cuckoo.  336
  Crafty as a fox.  337
  Crawl like a snail.  338
  Crazy as a loon.  339
  Crazy as a woman’s watch.  340
  Credit lost is like a Venice glass broken.  341
  Creeping into her innocent heart like a maggot into a rose.  342
  Cringes like a toad under a harrow.  343
  Crinkly as a coon’s hair.  344
  Crisp as a head of young lettuce.  345
  Crooked as a dog’s hind leg.  346
  Crooked as a gimlet.  347
  Crooked as a ram’s horn.  348
  Crooked as Crawley brook.  349
  Crooked as Robin Hood’s bow.  350
  So crooked he could hide behind a corkscrew.  351
  So crooked he could sleep in a roundhouse.  352
  Cross as a child denied a sugar plum.  353
  Cross as an old bear with a sore head.  354
  As cross as nine highways.  355
  Cross as the tongs.  356
  Cruel as a rich coxcomb in a ballroom.  357
  Cruel as winter.  358
  Crumpled like a leaf.  359
  My heart is crying like a tired child for one fond look, one gentle, loving word.  360
  Cunning as a fox.  361
  Cunning as the counterfeit of wisdom.  362
  Cunning as the serpent of old Nile.  363
  Old customs are as the blossoms on the tree of a nation’s life; and, when they wither and fall off, death and carnage are at the roots.  364
  Cuts like hail.  365
  Cuts like ingratitude.  366
  Cuts like unkindness.  367
  Cynical as Mephisto.  368
  Cynical as Sylla.  369
  Dainty and fair as a folded rose.  370
  Dainty as a blushing violet.  371
  Dainty as Dresden china.  372
  Dainty as thistle-down.  373
  Damp as a church.  374
  Damp like a tomb.  375
  Dancing like a solar mote around the atmosphere of her lips.  376
  Dance … like atoms in the sunshine.  377
  Dance like corks upon the waves.  378
  Dancing like popcorn over a hot fire.  379
  Dangerous as men milliners.  380
  Dapper as a cock-wren.  381
  Dark as a cellar.  382
  Dark as a dungeon.  383
  Dark as a funeral scarf.  384
  Dark as a thief’s pocket.  385
  Dark as futurity.  386
  Dark as midnight.  387
  Dark as the shades of night.  388
  Dark like a dead person in a coffin.  389
  Dashed like a Mameluke cavalry upon a charge.  390
  Dauntless as deities exempt from fate.  391
  Dead as Chelsea.  392
  Dead as a man after two doctors have visited him.  393
  Dead as leaves on a painted canvas.  394
  Dead as mackerel.  395
  Dead as the nail in a coffin.  396
  Dead as the Roman Empire.  397
  Dead as the wholesale district on Sunday.  398
  Deaf as a post.  399
  As deaf as a beetle.  400
  As deaf as a white cat.  401
  Debt is like a millstone about a man’s neck.  402
  Decay like the rainbow’s hue.  403
  Deceptive as the mirage of the desert.  404
  Deep as the fountains of sleep.  405
  Deep as the void above.  406
  Deep as evening red.  407
  Deep as despair.  408
  Deep as ever plummet sounded.  409
  Deep as grief.  410
  Deep as the North Star.  411
  Defiant as a rosebud slipped from its parent stalk.  412
  Deformed as guilt.  413
  Delicate as a lily.  414
  Delicate as flowers.  415
  Delicate as the sunset on the snow-covered summits of Mount Sfiorito.  416
  Delicious as forbidden fruit.  417
  Delightful as the song of Philomel.  418
  Democratic as a saint.  419
  Demure as a cat.  420
  Demure as a nun.  421
  Demure as a Quaker.  422
  Departed, like Ichabod’s glory.  423
  Descended like a wolf on the fold.  424
  Desolate as a mausoleum.  425
  Despicable … as the old age of a passionate man.  426
  Destructive as the bite of the rattlesnake.  427
  About as destructive as a blank cartridge.  428
  Destructive as a centre-rush in a football team.  429
  Destructive as hail in summer.  430
  Detraction, like a crab, runneth backwards.  431
  Devoid of feeling as a eunuch is of manly joys.  432
  Die like a dog in a ditch.  433
  Differ as a clipped hedge and forest.  434
  Differ as an Indian and a Greek.  435
  Differ as a Roman stylus and Mr. Waterman’s fountain pen.  436
  Differ as a satyr to Hyperion; as a rushlight to the sun.  437
  Differ as a Vatican fresco and a political transparency.  438
  Differ as a whale and a tadpole.  439
  Differ as a Whistler nocturne and the design on a chocolate box.  440
  Differ as a zephyr and a cyclone.  441
  Differ as flint and chalk.  442
  Differ as grass and hay.  443
  Differ as Hamlet and Hercules.  444
  Differ as harp and harrow.  445
  Differ as locks.  446
  Differ as a mangled monkey and a well made man.  447
  Differ as noses.  448
  Differ as pigments and a picture.  449
  Differ as shine and substance.  450
  Differ as simpleton and sage.  451
  Differ as smoke and flame.  452
  Differs as stage money from government bonds.  453
  Differ as sword and tooth-pick.  454
  Differ as the Central Park Menagerie and the depths of the jungle.  455
  Differ as the glow-worm and the eagle.  456
  Differs as the jimson weed from the violet.  457
  Differ as the mid-day sun and a convalescent white bean.  458
  Differ as the Parthenon of Athens and an American court house.  459
  Differ as the song of the lark to the voice of the crow.  460
  Differs as the tail of a comet and the tail of a pig.  461
  Differ as winter and summer.  462
  Difference between a bent copper farthing and a nugget of gold.  463
  Difference between a Greek temple and a bird-cage, the solemn sea and a street puddle.  464
  The difference between having a woman at your side and on your side.  465
  Difference between tweedle dum and tweedle dee.  466
  As different as an equinoctial is from an evangel.  467
  Different as dog-days and those at Christmas.  468
  Different as gold and platina.  469
  Different as swan is from goose.  470
  Difficult as a Greek puzzle.  471
  Difficult as to forgive the virtues of our enemies.  472
  Difficult as to grasp a shadow.  473
  Difficult as to hiss and yawn at the same time.  474
  Difficult as to pin a medal on a shadow.  475
  Difficult as to sail the sea in an egg shell.  476
  Difficult as to remember a rhyme made in a dream.  477
  Difficult as to walk a mile on stilts upon a line of feather-beds.  478
  Dim as the land of shadows.  479
  Dimpling like a brook.  480
  Disappear like phantoms.  481
  Disappointing as wet gun-powder.  482
  Dishonest as a gas meter.  483
  Dispelled, as the sun did the fog.  484
  Dissipated like fleecy clouds across summer skies.  485
  Dissolved like a mimic castle of morning frost when the sun exerts himself.  486
  Distant as America from Atlantis.  487
  Distinct as a new map.  488
  Disturbing … like a tasteless ornament.  489
  Dizzy as a goose.  490
  Dizzy like one in an ill dream.  491
  Dodge like the Artful Dodger.  492
  Doleful as a bull-frog crossed in love.  493
  Dote more on it than a fool on his bauble.  494
  Double like Janus’ face.  495
  Double up like a jack knife.  496
  Double up like a foot rule.  497
  Gone down like grass before the scythe.  498
  His foot came down like the foot of Pantagruel.  499
  Went down like Mercury in a chilled thermometer.  500
  Drag along like a stage procession.  501
  Draws as the moon draws the sea.  502
  Draws tears like an onion.  503
  Dread as doom.  504
  Drifting like flakes of snow.  505
  Drink like a funnel.  506
  Drinks like a sieve.  507
  Droll as Eliezer who wrote three hundred volumes on sowing cucumbers.  508
  Droops like a broken lily.  509
  Drop him like a hot potato.  510
  Drops like a wounded lily.  511
  Drops like mercury on a cold day.  512
  Dropped off like a repleted leech.  513
  Drowsy as the hum of a bag-pipe.  514
  As drunk as a beggar.  515
  Drunk as a boiled owl.  516
  Drunk as a bunghole.  517
  Drunk as a piper.  518
  Drunk as a tinker.  519
  Drunk as a top.  520
  Drunk as David’s saw.  521
  Drunk as blazes.  522
  As drunk as three in a bed.  523
  Dry as a bone.  524
  Dry as a prohibition fight in Vermont.  525
  Dry as a sponge.  526
  Dry as nuts.  527
  Dry as peanut shells.  528
  Dry as pith.  529
  Dry as tinder.  530
  Dry as soon as tears.  531
  Dull as a beetle.  532
  Dull as a convent.  533
  Dull as a Dutchman.  534
  As dull as a hoe.  535
  Dull as a post.  536
  Dull as a Quaker meeting.  537
  Dull as cloudy skies.  538
  Dull as mutes at a funeral.  539
  Dull as ditch water.  540
  As dull as the debates of Dutch burgomasters on cheese parings and candle ends.  541
  Dull as Lethe.  542
  Dumb as an oyster.  543
  More durable than steel.  544
  Eager as a bridegroom.  545
  Earnest … as sober Lanesbro’ dancing with the gout.  546
  Easy as for a blackbird to whistle.  547
  Easy as a conjurer swallowing a poker.  548
  Easy as breathing.  549
  Easy as counting the blossoms on a century plant.  550
  As easy as finding reasons why other people should be patient.  551
  Easy as for a dog to lick a dish.  552
  Easy as getting money in a letter.  553
  Easy as peeling a hard boiled egg.  554
  Easy as pie.  555
  Easy as robbing a child’s bank.  556
  Easy as to say “Jack Robinson.”  557
  Easy as winking.  558
  Flows as easily as California wine out of French bottles.  559
  Eat like a hog.  560
  Eat like a horse.  561
  Eats like rust.  562
  Eat like wolves.  563
  As effective as Gibraltar under a fusillade of grapeshot.  564
  Effervescent as a sulphur springs geyser.  565
  There’s nothing like egotism. It preserves a man as ice preserves meat.  566
  Elastic as a caterpillar.  567
  Capable of elasticity as a washed glove.  568
  Elegant as a Chesterfield.  569
  Elegant as a Tuscan.  570
  Unprofitable eloquence is like the cypress; great and tall but bears no fruit.  571
  Fierce bursts of eloquence like the wail of a clarion thrilling beneath the blasts of a storm.  572
  Eloquent as a rattlesnake’s tail.  573
  Eloquent as Cicero.  574
  Elude us like the echo of falling waters in a dream.  575
  As elusive as the pestilence that walketh in darkness.  576
  Elusive as quicksilver.  577
  Empty as a bird’s nest in December.  578
  Empty as a politician’s address to the people.  579
  Empty as a quill.  580
  Empty of expression as a squeezed sponge of water.  581
  Empty as Vanity Fair.  582
  Encircled him as a belt.  583
  Enduring as marble.  584
  Enduring as the stars.  585
  Entangled like vines.  586
  Entrancing as the gardens in a fairy romance.  587
  Entrances like a siren.  588
  Erect as an Indian.  589
  Eternal as life.  590
  Evident as Euclid’s axioms.  591
  Expanded like a flower under the sun.  592
  Expired like the sound of a melancholy echo.  593
  Expired like hardy plants which lose their color and perfume when transplanted to a hot-house.  594
  Expressionless as a cheese.  595
  Expressionless as a gravestone.  596
  Expressionless as a Sphinx’s face.  597
  Expressive as the ridge of a cat’s back.  598
  Exquisite, like the heart of a wild rose.  599
  Extended, like home-bound cranes.  600
  Extinct as the dodo.  601
  Extinguished as stars by the rising sun.  602
  Extortion is like a whirlpool, that swalloweth whatever it catches.  603
  Dovelike eyes, depths as of heaven when charged with gloom.  604
  Eyes like burnt holes in a blanket.  605
  Eyes like saucers.  606
  Eyes transparent as a cloudless sky.  607
  His face is like a street before they lay the pavement.  608
  Faded as the iris after rain in April’s tearful weather.  609
  Fades as the splendor fades from the sky, when the sun sinks to sleep.  610
  He faded away like a pound of soap in a hard day’s wash.  611
  Fade away like some fabled city of mythology.  612
Fade like autumn leaves, and fade and die
With no kind hand to raise the head and gently close the dying eye.
  Fade … like ghosts prohibited the day.  614
  Faded like snow.  615
  Faint as the hum of distant bees.  616
  Fair as Esther.  617
  Fair as a friar that is invited to dinner.  618
  Fair as a saint.  619
  Fairer than fancy ever feigned.  620
  Fair as Lady Dove.  621
  Fair as stars that shine in summer skies.  622
  Fair as the garden of Shiraz.  623
  Fair as the glorified isles of the blest.  624
  Mary is fair as the morning dew.  625
  Fair as the virgin’s vows.  626
  Fair as the wild rose.  627
  Fair as winter lilies.  628
  Fair as youths by brides caress’d.  629
  Faithful as a good book.  630
  Faithful as the planets.  631
  Faithless as fair weather.  632
  Sweet-falling as the evening dew.  633
  Fall like a thousand of brick.  634
  Falling like Sierra’s April flood that pours in ponderous cadence from the cliff.  635
  Falls like the leaves in October.  636
  Falling like the tower Siloam.  637
  False as a man with a black head and a red beard.  638
  False as Dick’s hatband.  639
  Falsehood, like a nettle, stings those who meddle with it.  640
  Familiar as a popular song.  641
  Familiar as the sights on our streets.  642
  His family is like potatoes; all that is good of them are underground.  643
The family is like a book—the children are the leaves,
The parents are the covers that protective beauty gives
At first the pages of the book are blank and purely fair,
But time soon writeth memories and painteth pictures there.
Love is the little golden clasp that bindeth up the trust,
Oh, break it not, lest all the leaves shall scatter and be lost.
  Fanciful as furnitures.  645
  Fantastical, like a sick man’s dreams.  646
  Far as good is above evil.  647
  As far from the heart as from the eyes.  648
  Fascinating as a loose tooth.  649
  Fast as a jack rabbit in front of a prairie fire.  650
  Fast as a dog will lick a dish.  651
  As fast as the foam-flakes drift on the river.  652
  Fat as a bacon-pig at Martlemas.  653
  Fat as brawn.  654
  Fat as a sheep’s tail.  655
  Fatal as Herod’s worms.  656
  Fatal as the eye of the basilisk.  657
  Fatal as the tongue of the serpent.  658
  Feast like Dives.  659
  Feast like Lucullus.  660
  Feeble as a lamb’s bleat.  661
  Ferocious as a catamount searching for its dinner.  662
  Fervent as fire.  663
  Atmosphere as fetid as the stymphalian lake, over which no bird could fly.  664
  Fickle as friends.  665
  Fickle as the lightning.  666
  Fickle as the weather.  667
  Fierce as a Japanese mask.  668
  Fierce as Jove.  669
  Fierce as lecherous desire.  670
  Fierce as a lion of Cotswold.  671
  Fierce as a mother bird.  672
  Fight as fiercely in defence of his mistress as Blandimar and Paridel, of romantic fame, are said to have fought for the lovely Florimel.  673
  Fight like a bulldog.  674
  Fight like Kilkenny cats.  675
  Fight like sin.  676
  Fight like thunder.  677
  She had a figure like a pillow.  678
  Filthy as the mouth of a fired gun.  679
  Fine as a Maypole on May-day.  680
  Fine as a mist of lace.  681
  Fine as five-pence.  682
  Fine as gossamer.  683
  Fine as point lace.  684
  Firm as adamant.  685
  Firm as a mountain.  686
  Firm as the granite base of Mount Washington.  687
  Firm as the iron hills.  688
  Fit as a rope for a thief.  689
  Fit as a shoulder of mutton for a sick horse.  690
  Fit as a banana skin on a banana.  691
  Fit in like dog’s teeth.  692
  Fits like the bark on a tree.  693
  Fits like feathers on a duck.  694
  Fit like the paper on the wall.  695
  Fixed as fate.  696
  Fixed as the laws of the Medes and the Persians.  697
  Fixed as the laws of the planetary system.  698
  Fixed as your name on a note.  699
  Fizzle out like a damp squib.  700
  Flabby as a Norfolk dumpling.  701
  Flashes like cut glass.  702
  Flash like stars.  703
  Fell flat as a damp squib.  704
  Flat as a pricked bladder.  705
  Flat as your hand.  706
  Flatterers are cats that lick before and scratch behind.  707
  Flattery is like false money: it impoverishes those that receive it.  708
  Flecked as a turkey egg.  709
  Fled like leaves on the gale.  710
  Fled, like rats from a sinking ship.  711
  Sorrow fled on fleeting pinions, like the icy breath of winter that spring zephyrs waft away.  712
  Fleet as a falling star.  713
  Fleet as a greyhound.  714
  Fleet as Diana.  715
  Fleet as kindled fire.  716
  Fleeting as a shade.  717
  Flexible as a riding whip.  718
  Flickering like a flame in the wind.  719
  Flimsy as gauze.  720
  Flimsy as gossamer.  721
  Flitted away like a bird on a wintry night.  722
  Flit like a summer cloud.  723
  Float away like the deluding mist of a mirage.  724
  Floating like the Hesperian garden of old.  725
  Floats like the lotus in the lake, unmoved.  726
  Florid as a milk-maid.  727
  Flourishes like a green bay tree.  728
  Flow like a free and flowing river.  729
  Flew along like a bird in a tempest.  730
  Flies like antic shapes in dreams.  731
  His arms flew like a windmill.  732
  Flying, like blown flame.  733
  Flies like chaff wide scattered by the wind.  734
  Flew like feathered Mercury.  735
  Flew like granado.  736
  Words flew out of his mouth as shot out of a gatling gun.  737
  The soft palms fold like kissing shells.  738
  Follow like a flock of sheep.  739
  Follow … like geese on a common.  740
  Follow one like Anthony’s pig.  741
  Followed fate as an Irishman a wheelbarrow.  742
  Follows like a shadow.  743
  Fond as cat is of milk.  744
  Fond as the miser is of his gold.  745
  Foolish as a calf.  746
  Foolish as an endeavor to make a lobster climb a tree and give a report of the atmospheric conditions.  747
  Foolish as a peacock.  748
  Foolish as to scratch one’s head with a firebrand.  749
  Foolish as the tailor who sews sleeves to the pocket holes.  750
  Foolish as to flash a roll of bills before a lawyer.  751
  Foolish as to talk of color to a blind man.  752
  Foolish as to try to pull hair from a bald man’s head.  753
  Forgotten like waves on the sea.  754
  Fortune is like women, loves youth and is fickle.  755
  Fragile as a lily.  756
  Fragile as rainbows.  757
  As fragrant as clover’s sod.  758
  Fragrant as musk.  759
  Frail as a lily.  760
  Frantic as a war dance.  761
  Free as a fly.  762
  Free as a gift.  763
  Free as a wood sawer.  764
  Free as egg-nog on Christmas Eve.  765
  Free as the diamond is free from alloy.  766
  Free as the sybil’s leaves of yore.  767
  Free as thought.  768
  Free as a hurricane.  769
  Free as a mountain goat.  770
  Frequent as the “begats” in the Bible.  771
  Fresh as a buttercup.  772
  Fresh as a cherub.  773
  Fresh as a flower just blown.  774
  Fresh as an egg from the farm.  775
  Fresh as a November chrysanthemum.  776
  Fresh as a sea breeze.  777
  Fresh and charming as Hebe.  778
  Fresh as if she had been born with the morning.  779
  Fresh as a young head of lettuce.  780
  Fresh as summer’s grass.  781
  Fresh as the dawn.  782
  Fresh as the dewy field.  783
  Fresh as the firstlings o’ the year.  784
  Frets like gumm’d taffety.  785
  A false friend is like a shadow on a dial; it appears in clear weather, but vanishes as soon as a cloud approaches.  786
  A true friend is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.  787
  Friendless as an alarm clock.  788
  The friendship of a great man is like the shadow of a bush, soon gone.  789
  The friendship of the ever-genial man is too often like a grate-fire, exceedingly bright to look at, but not reliable in so far as the dispensation of warmth on a really cold day is concerned.  790
  False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.  791
  Frigid as an iceberg.  792
  Frilled like a French chop.  793
  Frolicsome as a boy.  794
  Always in front, like a cow-catcher on a locomotive.  795
  Fruitful as Ceres.  796
  Full as a goat.  797
  As full as a toad is of poison.  798
  Full of airs as a music box.  799
  Full of angles as the book of Euclid.  800
  As full of blunders as a successful career.  801
  Full of events as a dime novel.  802
  Full of poetry as a lily is of dew.  803
  Full of royalty as a pack of cards.  804
  Full of terror as a tragedy of Sophocles.  805
  Funny as a barrel of monkeys.  806
  Funny as a clown.  807
  Funny as a crutch.  808
  As funny as a funeral in a snow storm.  809
  Funny as to throw an egg into an electric fan.  810
  As much fuss as a bushel of salt thrown into a furnace.  811
  Futile as to turn back the hands of a clock.  812
  Galloping like a fury.  813
  Gambol like a fawn.  814
  Gambol like a lambkin.  815
  Gambol like a young cat and her first kitten.  816
  Game as a badger.  817
  Game as a fighting cock.  818
  Game as a lion.  819
  Game as a pebble.  820
  Gaping mouth wide open like a dying codfish.  821
  Garrulous as an old maid.  822
  Gathered like ants.  823
  Gay as a blackbird.  824
  Gay as a bullfinch.  825
  Gay as a negro funeral.  826
  Generosity is like the sea, and yet the sea hath its bounds.  827
  Generous as a dream.  828
  Genial as sunshine.  829
  Ghastly as broad-eyed slumber.  830
  Glad as one would give me a crown  831
  Glances that shoot and illuminate like the sudden gleams that glow through autumn clouds.  832
  Glances like one who expects a blow.  833
  Glares like the maniac’s moon, whose light is madness.  834
  Gleams like a naked sword.  835
  Gleamed like fireflies.  836
  Gleamed like gold from the evening rays.  837
  Gleam like sunny heavens.  838
  Glide like a gentle stream.  839
  Glints like polished jet.  840
  Glints like sunshine.  841
  Glistens like the forehead of morning.  842
  Glittering like an Eastern Caliph.  843
  Glittered like spun glass.  844
  Robes glitter like young sedge grass.  845
  Glossy as a mole.  846
  Gloomy as a graveyard on a wet Sunday.  847
  Glorious as a victory for the victor.  848
  Glorious as when Pericles ruled over Athens.  849
  Glow like a blacksmith’s forge.  850
  Glowing like molten iron.  851
  Glow like the gates of the New Jerusalem.  852
  Glow like the golden fleece.  853
  Glow like the vernal grass.  854
  Glum as an oyster.  855
  Glum as mud.  856
  Go along like sixty.  857
  Go like a house afire.  858
  Golden as the fruits of autumn.  859
  Gone as a gone goose.  860
  Good as a feast.  861
  Good as an addled egg.  862
  Good as an idle bird.  863
  Good as ever went upon the ground.  864
  Good as new.  865
  Beauty is as good as ready money.  866
  Good as truth.  867
  Good as dew to flowers.  868
  Good-nature, like a bee, collects honey from every herb. Ill-nature, like a spider, sucks poison from the sweetest flower.  869
  Gore like the tusks of a boar.  870
  Gorgeous as a sultana.  871
  A gossip in a village is like a viper in a bed.  872
  Graceful as an Alpine sapling.  873
  Graceful as a bird on the wing.  874
  Graceful as a fawn.  875
  Graceful as the arch of a rainbow.  876
  Grand like Barbarossa’s beard.  877
  Grand as a victory.  878
  Grave as an old gate-post.  879
  Grave as Pascal.  880
  Gray as grannun’s cat.  881
  Gray as the inside of a pewter dish.  882
  Gray hairs are like the light of a soft moon, silvering over the evening of life.  883
  Greedy as a hog.  884
  Green as a gooseberry.  885
  Green as a gourd.  886
  Green as a lizard.  887
  Green as bottled glass.  888
  Green as emeralds.  889
  Green as grass.  890
  Green as the deep waters.  891
  Green as the sea.  892
  Grim as a judge.  893
  Grim as Cerberus.  894
  Grim as death.  895
  Grin like a Cheshire cat, from ear to ear.  896
  Grips like a vise.  897
  Grips like hoops of steel.  898
  Grovel like swine.  899
  Grow like a cow’s tail, downwards.  900
  Grows like Jimson weed in a pile of compost.  901
  Habit may be likened to a cable; every day we weave a thread, and soon we cannot break it.  902
  Handsome as houris.  903
  Handsome as paint.  904
  Handy as a hen.  905
  Handy as a poker in Hell.  906
  Handy as a robin after a rain.  907
  Hang as high as Haman.  908
  Hanging like Mahomet’s coffin, between earth and heaven.  909
  Hang together like bees.  910
  Hang together like birds.  911
  Hang together like burrs.  912
  Hangs together like a rope of sand.  913
  Happiness is like sunshine; it is made up of very little beams.  914
  Happy as a big sunflower.  915
  Happy as a boy at a baseball game.  916
  Happy as a June bug.  917
  Happy as a prince.  918
  Happy as a pussy that sees cream.  919
  Happy as a queen.  920
  Happy as a turtle dove.  921
  Happy as a wave that dances on the sea.  922
  Hard as a brick.  923
  Hard as a cobble-stone.  924
  Hard as a cricket-ball.  925
  Hard as granite.  926
  Hard as hail stones.  927
  As hard as horn.  928
  Hard as marble.  929
  As hard as the rocks of Dundee.  930
  Hard as being good.  931
  As hard as to shave an egg.  932
  As hard to answer as why cats love fish.  933
  Hard to climb as Parnassus.  934
  As hard to hold as an eel by the tail.  935
  Hardy as a mountain pine.  936
  Harmless as a strawberry festival.  937
  Harmless as Sancho’s ass.  938
  Hate like poison.  939
  Hazy of thought, as a calf looks at a butcher.  940
  Making headway like birds aflying.  941
  A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to look after his tools.  942
  Healthy as a May morning.  943
  Healthy as pity for all the conquered.  944
  Heaped like Pelion on Ossa.  945
A heart is like a fan, and why?—
’Twill flutter when a beau is nigh:
Oft times with gentle words he’ll take it;
Play with it for a while, then break it.
The heart of a man is like a delicate weed,
That requires to be trampled on boldly indeed.
  Hearty as a buck.  948
  Hearty as an O.K.  949
  Heaved and sighed like the dying gasp of a syphon bottle.  950
  Heavy as a boarding-house dumpling.  951
  Held back like a hearse horse.  952
  Held on like grim death.  953
  Helpless as a babe.  954
  Helpless, as a cat in a trap.  955
  Helpless as a corpse.  956
  Helpless as Balaam.  957
  Hideous as midnight.  958
  High as a kite.  959
  High as summer-surge swells.  960
  Higher than Gilroy’s kite.  961
  Hilarious as a sailor ashore.  962
  Hiss like a steam kettle.  963
  Hold on like grim death.  964
  Holler like a loon.  965
  Hollow as a gun.  966
  Hollow as the soul of an echo.  967
  Hollow as the murmur of the midnight sea after the tempest nursed itself to rest.  968
  Homely as a hedge-fence.  969
  Homely as the queen of spades.  970
  Honest a man as ever brake bread.  971
  Honest a man as ever trod on shoe leather.  972
  Honest as a cat when the meat is out of reach.  973
  Honest as a mirror.  974
  Honest as the day is long.  975
  Honest as the sun.  976
Our hopes, like towering falcons, aim at objects in an airy height:
The little pleasure of the game is afar off to view the flight.
  Hostility between two people is like fire, and the evil-fated backbiter supplies fuel. Afterwards, when they are reconciled together, the backbiter is hated and despised by both parties.  978
  Hot as a black pudding.  979
  Hot as a coal.  980
  Hot as a pone cake.  981
  As hot as hot might be.  982
  Hot as Jove.  983
  Hot as love’s flaming climate.  984
  Hot as pepper.  985
  Hot as ten thousand suns in one.  986
  Hot as the hinges of hell.  987
  Hot as Tophet.  988
  Hot as a volcano.  989
  Hover as a hawk.  990
  Hover like a moth around a flame.  991
  Howl like a dervish.  992
  Howl like a vagabond for bread.  993
  Hug me as a devil hugs a witch.  994
  Hug like a bear.  995
  Hug like a boa-constrictor.  996
  To be hugged by a bony man is about as luxurious as sitting on a picket fence.  997
  Hum like a cobbler.  998
  Humble as a grateful almsman.  999
  Humble as a worm.  1000
  Humble as Uriah Heep.  1001
  Humorous as April.  1002
  Hungry as a bear.  1003
  Hungry as a church mouse.  1004
  Hungry as a diamond without a karat.  1005
  Hunted like a stag.  1006
  Husbands are like apples, they shouldn’t be picked till they are ripe.  1007
  Idle as digging in the bottom of the river for the stars we see reflected on the surface.  1008
  Idle as railing at a deaf man.  1009
  Idle as to aim at inscrutable things beyond the moon.  1010
  Ignorant as a pig is of the side pocket of a pool table.  1011
  Illimitable as the boundless sea.  1012
  Immaculate as an angel.  1013
  Immobile as a Sphinx’s face.  1014
  Immovable as the figure of Mercury.  1015
  Immutable as the laws of the Medes and Persians.  1016
  Impartial as bullets in a battle.  1017
  Impassable as marble.  1018
  Impassive as a figure of carved ivory.  1019
  Impassive as an Indian idol.  1020
Impatient as a lover.  1021
  Impenetrable as a hedgehog.  1022
  Impenitent as a stone.  1023
  Impossible as an echo without a voice to start it.  1024
  Impossible as for a blind man to describe color.  1025
  Impossible as for a lawyer to feel compassion gratis.  1026
  Impossible as for one buried alive to lift his gravestone.  1027
  Impossible as for the full-grown bird to live imprisoned in the eggshell.  1028
  Impossible as for the man in the moon to come down.  1029
  Impossible as for the poles to come together till the earth is crushed.  1030
Impossible as for widows to feed on dreams and wishes;
Like hags on visionary dishes.
  Impossible as to count the waves.  1032
  Impossible as to hiss and yawn at the same time.  1033
  Impossible as to hold the wind with a net.  1034
  Impossible as to join in a procession and look out the window.  1035
  Impossible as to jump away from your shadow.  1036
  Impossible as to mend a bell.  1037
  Impossible as to paint a sound.  1038
  Impossible as to recall the days that are past.  1039
  Impossible as to reconcile cats and rats, or hounds and hares.  1040
  Impossible as to replace a hatched chicken in its shell.  1041
  Impossible as to stem the eternal flood of time.  1042
  Impossible as to wash a black man white.  1043
  Impossible as to wet the sea.  1044
  Impractical as to attempt to satisfy a tiger’s hunger with pâté de foie gras.  1045
  Impudent as a young barrister after getting a verdict by mistake.  1046
  Inanimate as a statue.  1047
  Inanimate as mutton.  1048
  Inanimate as the picture on a postal card.  1049
  As incongruous as a blacksmith with a white silk apron.  1050
  Incongruous as a joke on a gravestone or a ledger.  1051
  Incongruous as Matthew Arnold jumping rope.  1052
  Inconstant as the wind.  1053
  Increase like wind and oil on a fatal fire.  1054
  Independent as a bird.  1055
  Indifferent as my right hand and my left.  1056
  Indifferently as the herring’s backbone doth lie in the midst of the fish.  1057
  Indispensable as your skin.  1058
  Ineffectual as plaint from a tomb.  1059
  Ineffectual, like geese babbling at a vulture.  1060
  Inefficient as Nester Roqueplan’s diatribe against the sun.  1061
  Inert as stone.  1062
  Inevitable as death.  1063
  Inevitable as the unfolding of the lily bud to the sun.  1064
  A premonition embraces inexorably, like the closing of a folding umbrella.  1065
  Infatuating as a houri.  1066
  More infectious than the poison of the spider.  1067
  Infinite as the dividing of the foam and the sifting of the sea-sand.  1068
  Inflexible as a granite block.  1069
  Of as little influence as the letter “p” in pneumonia.  1070
  Innocent as a cloistered nun.  1071
  Innocent as a dove.  1072
  Innocent as a lamb.  1073
  Innocent as flowers.  1074
  Innumerable as the gay motes that people the sunbeams.  1075
  Inscrutable as a sphinx.  1076
  Insidious as the odor of poppy leaves.  1077
  Insinuating as a corkscrew boring into a tender cork.  1078
  Insinuating as ink.  1079
  Instantly, like a bullet from the barrel.  1080
  Interminable as a Lapland day.  1081
  Intricate as the hardest proposition in Euclid.  1082
  Invades like the ocean.  1083
  Invariable as the laws of gravitation.  1084
  Inventive as an excuse.  1085
  Invisible like the gods.  1086
  As irrecoverable as a lump of butter in a greyhound’s mouth.  1087
  Irresistible as the force of gravity.  1088
  Irresistible, like a man with eight trumps in his hand at a whist table.  1089
  Issuing, as from a fountain.  1090
  Jabbering like rooks.  1091
  A jaw like a nutcracker.  1092
  A jaw like a vise.  1093
  Jerky as a ride on a buckboard.  1094
  Good jests bite like lambs, not like dogs.  1095
  Jests, like sweetmeats, have often a sour sauce.  1096
  Like a fishing rod, all joints.  1097
  Jolted like a solitary penny in an iron bank.  1098
  Jostled like a crowd of people rushing to catch a train.  1099
  Joyful as flowers when they are filled to the brim with dew.  1100
  Joyful as a nest.  1101
  Joyous as a child.  1102
  Joyous as the trill of a skylark.  1103
  Jumping about like a toad in a thunderstorm.  1104
  Jumped at it like a trout at a May-fly.  1105
  Jumped like a bird for a berry.  1106
  Keen as a bride.  1107
  Keen as the sight of an eagle.  1108
  Keen as the sun.  1109
  Kill like lightning flashes.  1110
  Kind as a kite.  1111
  Kind as a turtle.  1112
  Little acts of kindness are stowed away in the heart, like bags of lavender in a drawer, to sweeten every object around them.  1113
  Her kisses were like tire explosions.  1114
  I know him as well as if I had gone through him with a lantern.  1115
  I know him like a book.  1116
  He picked up knowledge to wear it on his head like the plumes of horses in a parade.  1117
  Laboring like galley slaves.  1118
  Ladies, like barristers, must wait to be chosen.  1119
  Laugh like a loon.  1120
  Laughing like a stentor.  1121
  Lawless as a town bull.  1122
  Lazy as a toad at the bottom of a well.  1123
  Lazy as Joe the Marine, who laid down his musket to sneeze.  1124
  Leaks like a sieve.  1125
  Lean as a dog in Lent.  1126
  Lean as Sancho’s ass.  1127
  Leap like a cock at a blackberry.  1128
  Lecherous as a he-goat.  1129
  Legendary as the Flying Dutchman.  1130
  At leisure, as a laird dies.  1131
  Level as a pond.  1132
  Lie as fast as dog can lick a plate.  1133
  Lies like an auctioneer.  1134
  Lies like a tooth-drawer.  1135
  Lies like print.  1136
  Lifeless as the grave.  1137
  Lifts the head like conscious innocence.  1138
  Light and clean as the foaming surf that the wind severs from the broken wave.  1139
  Light and speedy as a steam-roller.  1140
  Light as a fly.  1141
  Light as a sack of feathers.  1142
  Light as down.  1143
  Passed as light as October leaves blown over the forest floor.  1144
  Light as the leaf of the aspen.  1145
  Light as the bow with its gay blossoms springing.  1146
  Light as the spider’s silken lair.  1147
  Light as thistledown.  1148
  Light as vain praise.  1149
  Light as whipped cream.  1150
  Oaths as light as wind.  1151
  Light enough to float in the sweat of an ice pitcher.  1152
  Light-hearted as a robin.  1153
  Lightly as the skimming of swallows.  1154
  About as like as an apple to an oyster.  1155
  As like as the two halves of an apple.  1156
  As like as two pins.  1157
  Likely as to see a pig fly.  1158
  Limber as a watch chain.  1159
  Limp as a rag.  1160
  Limp as a glove.  1161
  Limpid as a cold blue lake on a mountain.  1162
  Linger in the memory like the silvery embellishments of a great singer.  1163
  Lingers like an old faith.  1164
  Linked, like rose-buds in a wreath.  1165
  Lips just tinted like pink shells.  1166
  Lips that flamed like scarlet wine.  1167
  Lithe as a snake.  1168
  Lithe as a tiger.  1169
  Live like a king.  1170
  Live like a lord.  1171
  Live like a prince.  1172
  Live like fighting cocks.  1173
  Lively and changeable, like a flame in the wind.  1174
  Lively as a cricket.  1175
  Locked in, like a fly in amber.  1176
  Lonely as a deserted ship.  1177
  Lonely as a ghost.  1178
  Lonesome as a bell-buoy at sea.  1179
  Long as a day without bread.  1180
  Long as a Devonshire lane,—which has no turning.  1181
  Long as an obituary.  1182
  Long as the moral law.  1183
  Looks as if butter would not melt in his mouth.  1184
  Looked as if he would jump down your throat.  1185
  Looked as if he had eaten his bed-straw.  1186
  Lording it like a Bashaw.  1187
  Lost as Eden.  1188
  Lost, like a river running into an unknown sea.  1189
  Lost like a predestined soul.  1190
  Loud as a horn.  1191
  Loud as the blows of a hammer.  1192
  Loud as the voice of an auctioneer.  1193
  Loud as Tom of Lincoln.  1194
  Love is like the rose: so sweet, that one always tries to gather it in spite of the thorns.  1195
Love is like the sunbeam that gleams through the shower
And kisses off gently the dews from the flower;
That cheers up the blossoms and bids them be gay,
And lends the fragrance that perfumes the day.
  Love, like a cough, can’t be hidden.  1197
  Love, like fire, cannot subsist without continual movement; as soon as it ceases to hope and fear, it ceases to exist.  1198
  Love as a cat loves mustard.  1199
  Loved as a guardian angel.  1200
  Lovely as the first green in the wood.  1201
  Lovely as Venus.  1202
  Low as the grave.  1203
  Loyal as a dove.  1204
  Lustrous as satin.  1205
  Luxuriant as the vine.  1206
  Mad as a hatter.  1207
  Mad as an adder.  1208
  Mad as a rat in a trap.  1209
  Mad as a wet cat.  1210
  Mad as blazes.  1211
  Mad as tigers.  1212
  Majestic as a statue.  1213
  Majestic as Cæsar.  1214
  Majestic as Juno.  1215
  Malicious as a satyr.  1216
  Malicious as Saul to David.  1217
  Man is a social creature, and we are made to be helpful to each other; we are like the wheels of a watch, that none of them can do their work alone, without the concurrence of the rest.  1218
  Some men are like a brook, noisy but shallow.  1219
  Man is like a razor, the sharper for being stropped.  1220
  Some men, like wagons, rattle most when there’s nothing in them.  1221
  As evenly matched as two cubes of the same side.  1222
  Matured like flowers by the light of the sun.  1223
  Mean as a miser.  1224
  Meaningless as an imprint on a wornout coin.  1225
  Meek as a Madonna.  1226
  Meek as a mouse.  1227
  Meek as mustard.  1228
  Meek as a violet.  1229
  Meek as Moses.  1230
  Melancholy as a graveyard on a rainy day.  1231
  Melancholy as a hearse-plume.  1232
  Melancholy as a mourning-coach in a snowstorm.  1233
  Melancholy as a squeezed lemon.  1234
  Melancholy as a tailor.  1235
  Mellow as the far-off lute.  1236
  Mellow, like a plum which has hung in the sun.  1237
  Melted away like an image of snow.  1238
  Merciless as a male tiger.  1239
  Merciless as Cæsar.  1240
  Merciless as the grave.  1241
  Merry as a haystack sleeper.  1242
  Merry as a two-year-old.  1243
  Merry as cap and can.  1244
  Merry as crickets in an oven.  1245
  Merry as flowers in May.  1246
  Merry as mice in malt.  1247
  Merry as spring.  1248
  Standing exactly in the middle of his face like the white in the centre of a target.  1249
  Mild and peaceful as Socrates.  1250
  Little minds, like weak liquors, are soonest soured.  1251
  Mischievous as a kitten.  1252
  Miserable as a frost-bitten apple.  1253
  Miserable as the fifth act of a tragedy.  1254
  Moaned like a chafed spirit warring with its lot.  1255
  Modest as a squash.  1256
  Moist as a cold toad’s skin.  1257
  Public money is like holy water: every one helps himself to it.  1258
  Monotonous as the dress of charity children.  1259
  Moral as peppermint.  1260
  Motionless as a corpse.  1261
  Motionless as a figure cut in stone.  1262
  Motionless as a monument.  1263
  Mottled and dappled like an April trout.  1264
  Mourned like a turtle.  1265
  Mournful as the grave.  1266
  Mournful as the rhythm of the seas.  1267
  He had a mouth like a whirlpool.  1268
  Her mouth turned up voluptuously like the antique masks of Erigone.  1269
  Moving constantly, like the spheres.  1270
  Mum as an oyster.  1271
  Murderous as a cannon ball.  1272
  A vague and monotonous murmur, like that of the waves on a shore where the wind dies away with approaching night.  1273
  Murmurs passed along the valleys, like the banshee’s lonely croon.  1274
  Murmurs like a dreaming sea.  1275
  Murmuring like bees at honey-time.  1276
  Music at meals is like a carbuncle set in gold, or a signet of an emerald highly burnished.  1277
  Musical as rain drops on a roof.  1278
  Musical as a stream in Bunyan’s delectable Mountains.  1279
  Mute as a funeral procession.  1280
  Mute as a poker.  1281
  Mute as death.  1282
  Mute as fate.  1283
  Mute as Mumchance, who was hanged for saying nothing.  1284
  Mute as the Tiber.  1285
  Mysterious as a rose leaf.  1286
  Mysterious as a sphinx.  1287
  Mysterious as a star.  1288
  Mysterious as the sea.  1289
  As great a mystery as the serpent-crest of the king’s crown on the pillars of Egypt.  1290
  As much of a myth as Lohengrin.  1291
  Naked as an Indian’s back.  1292
  Naked as night.  1293
  Naked as the graces.  1294
  Nasty as the opaque whiteness of boiled veal.  1295
  Natural as for ivy to climb a tree.  1296
  Natural as life.  1297
  Natural as milk to a calf.  1298
  Natural as nature.  1299
  As natural as that a genius should wear queer clothes.  1300
  Natural as the Marseillaise to a French riot.  1301
  Natural as whooping to owls.  1302
  ’Tis as natural for women to pride themselves in fine clothes as ’tis for a peacock to spread his tail.  1303
  Naturally as a bird warbles in May.  1304
  As naturally as a chestnut bursts its pod, and a chicken its shell.  1305
  Naturally as fungus grows out of a dying tree.  1306
  Naughty as Gautick, where the devil struck for shorter hours.  1307
  Near as two ha’pennies for a penny.  1308
  Near as one second is to another.  1309
  Near-sighted as a mole.  1310
  Neat as a nail.  1311
  Neat as a new pin.  1312
  Neat as ninepence.  1313
  Neat as wax.  1314
  As necessary as breathing is to live.  1315
  Necessary as for the butterfly to escape from the worm to become a butterfly.  1316
  As necessary as skin to the apple.  1317
  Need … as pansies need the dew.  1318
Wanton negligence is like a net,
Which for unwary feet the powers have set.
  Nervous as a cat that hears a mouse in the wall.  1320
  Nervous as a witch.  1321
  Nice as Marie Antoinette playing milkmaid.  1322
  As nice as ninepence.  1323
  Nimble as a bee on a tar-barrel.  1324
  Nimble as a cow in a cage.  1325
  Nimble as a lizard.  1326
  Nimble as an eel.  1327
  As nimble as a wireless spark, that hurdles the ether, pole-vaults the oceans and circles the ends of the earth in a flash.  1328
  Nimble as ninepence.  1329
  To catch a squirrel make a noise like a nut.  1330
  As much fuss and noise as a one-legged man falling down stairs.  1331
  Noiseless as a shadow.  1332
  Noiseless as a lapwing.  1333
  Noiseless as the circulation of the blood.  1334
  Noiseless as the gathering storm before the tempest.  1335
  Noisy as a boiler-shop.  1336
  Noisy as a menagerie.  1337
  Noisy as a creditors’ meeting.  1338
  Noisy as a flock of crow-blackbirds in the migration season.  1339
  Noisy as a cookstove falling down stairs.  1340
  Noisy as burial-howlers at full cry.  1341
  Noisy as a living skeleton having a fit on a hardwood floor.  1342
  Numerous as grains of silver in the bowels of the Rockies.  1343
  Numerous as hailstones.  1344
  Numerous as insects on the banks of the Nile.  1345
  Numerous as maggots in a Cheshire cheese.  1346
  Numerous as the breaths a patriarch has breathed.  1347
  Numerous as the heads of Briareus.  1348
  Numerous as the holes in the mantle of Diogenes.  1349
  Numerous as the leaves of the forest.  1350
  Numerous as the mouths of the Ganges.  1351
  Numerous as the mouths of the Nile.  1352
  Numerous as the pearls of morning-dew, which hang on herbs and flowers.  1353
  Obedient as the needle to the pole.  1354
  Obedient as the yew to the tender’s will.  1355
  Obscured as with a veil.  1356
  Obsolete as a Congress shoe.  1357
  Obsolete as the coalscuttle bonnet and the hoopskirt.  1358
  Obstinate as a discharged school-director.  1359
  Obstinate as a mule.  1360
  Obtrusive as violent colors in a sober woof.  1361
  Obvious as circus parade.  1362
  Off like a snip.  1363
  Off, like chimera, glinting, flitting, gay and light and free.  1364
  Off like the lid of a pumpkin pie.  1365
  Offensive as the sun to weak eyes.  1366
  Old as a serpent.  1367
  Old as Charing-Cross.  1368
  Old as circus jokes.  1369
  Old as creation.  1370
  Old as Eve.  1371
  Old as grey eternity.  1372
  Old as Hercules.  1373
  Old as Jericho.  1374
  Old as man.  1375
  Old as Methuselah.  1376
  Old as Nestor.  1377
  Old as poverty.  1378
  Old as Solomon.  1379
  Old as the age of stone.  1380
  Old as the hills.  1381
  Old as the Prophet Ezekiel.  1382
  Old as the rebuilding of Samaria.  1383
  Old as Trilobites.  1384
  Old as Zoroaster.  1385
  Opaque as the sky.  1386
  Lost opportunities are like precious jewels locked in the casket of regret, whose key is held in the unchanging past.  1387
  Opposite as black and white.  1388
  Opposite as fire and water.  1389
  Opposite as oil and vinegar.  1390
  Opposite as the poles.  1391
  Oriental as a rug.  1392
  Original as original sin.  1393
  Ornamental as a band-wagon.  1394
  Ornamental as the signs of old London.  1395
  In and out like a needle through cloth.  1396
  Outspoken as a north-wester.  1397
  Packed like Norfolk biffins.  1398
  Pagan as the Muses.  1399
  Pale as an Angel of the Grave.  1400
  Pale as Banquo’s ghost.  1401
  Pale as linen.  1402
  Pale as parchment.  1403
  Pale as the gleam of a glow-worm.  1404
  Pale as the haggard features of despair.  1405
  Pale as the rose-leaves withered in the northern gale.  1406
  Pale as turnips were his cheeks.  1407
  Pale as with the sickness that promised death.  1408
  Passes like a mode.  1409
  Passed like an uncurbed cavalry.  1410
  Time passes like the wind.  1411
  Passions are like fire and water, good servants, but bad masters.  1412
  Passionate as young love.  1413
  Passionate men, like fleet hounds, are apt to overrun the scent.  1414
  Passive as a monument.  1415
  Passive as a tabby-cat.  1416
  Patience under misfortunes is like opiates in a fever; tossing and tumbling only irritate the distemper.  1417
  Patient as rocks.  1418
  Peaked as a pen.  1419
  Penetrating as fear.  1420
  Penetrating as the east wind.  1421
  Perfect as an astronomical chart.  1422
  Perforated like a civil war battle flag.  1423
  Perish … like a microbe in hot water.  1424
  Perplexing as the question: “Do angels ever come back and pay their debts?”  1425
  Persistent as a mosquito.  1426
  Perverse as a camel, which can neither be stopped when he is going nor moved when he is resting.  1427
One prompt physician, like a sculler plies,
And all his art, and all his skill applies;
But two physicians, like a pair of oars,
Convey you soonest to the Stygian shores.
  Picturesque as the “frolic architecture of the snow.”  1429
  Piercing as light.  1430
  Pink as the lip of the sea-shell.  1431
  Pitiless as a Maxim gun.  1432
  Placid as a duck pond.  1433
  Placid as a mill-pond.  1434
  Placid as a scarecrow in a field of scoundrels.  1435
  Placid as a soft-shell crab in a plate of parsley.  1436
  Placid as Socrates.  1437
  Plain as A. B. C.  1438
  Plain as a hat on a rack.  1439
  Plain as a steeple.  1440
  Plain as a pack-saddle.  1441
  Plain as the shepherd nymph in russet weeds.  1442
  Plain as two and two make four.  1443
  Plainly as shoulder-straps mark a soldier.  1444
  Plastic as potter’s clay.  1445
  A bad play is like a cabbage,—all leaves.  1446
  A play is like a cigar, it requires judicious puffing.  1447
  Most plays are like pills; if you swallow them whole they are sweet; but, if they are chewed, like a pill, you will, like the critic, find them bitter.  1448
  Playful as a frolic boy.  1449
  Pleased as Punch.  1450
  Plentiful as bacteria in bad butter.  1451
  Plentiful as sage brush in the desert.  1452
  Plentiful as shingles on the shore.  1453
  Plentiful as wells in the Old Testament.  1454
  Plenty as the grass.  1455
  Plumed like a hearse.  1456
  Plump as an orange.  1457
  Plump as plenty.  1458
  Plunged like a mad horse.  1459
  Pointed as a wasp’s sting.  1460
  Politicians, like the earth, are flattened at the polls.  1461
  Polluted as a harlot.  1462
  Poor as a cab-driver in Venice.  1463
  Poor as a rat.  1464
  Poor as skunk’s misery.  1465
  As poor as winter.  1466
  Popping about like a parched pea.  1467
  Populous as a hive.  1468
  Positive as a Scotchman.  1469
  Potent as Irish whiskey.  1470
  Pounced like a kite on a chick.  1471
  Pounce like a vulture.  1472
  Powerless as an infant.  1473
  Powerless as grubs.  1474
  Prance like uncurbed cavalry.  1475
  Prate like a parrot.  1476
  Precious as the Sibyl’s leaves.  1477
  Pretty as a Pingree potato patch.  1478
  Pretty as a red wagon.  1479
  Pretty as a September peach.  1480
  Pretty as a picture.  1481
  ’Tis as natural for women to pride themselves in fine clothes as ’tis for a peacock to spread his tail.  1482
  Prime as a fiddle.  1483
  Profound as an allegory.  1484
  Profound as an Arctic night.  1485
  Profound as a genuflection.  1486
  As profusely as a raspberry is furnished with seeds.  1487
  Progressive as time.  1488
  Prominent as a ten-cent lemon on a fruitstand.  1489
  Promises are like pie-crust, made to be broken.  1490
  Proud as a cock.  1491
  Proud as any prince.  1492
  Proud as a Government mule.  1493
  Proud as a king.  1494
  Proud as Lucifer.  1495
  Proud as a popinjay.  1496
  Proud as a Spanish Grandee.  1497
  Proud as a tiger-lily.  1498
  Proud as Juno.  1499
  Proud as Punch.  1500
  Proud as Sheba’s queen.  1501
  Proud as the man who got rich manufacturing soldiers’ shoes out of pasteboard instead of leather.  1502
  Puffing out like canvas in a gale.  1503
  Puffing like the bellows of a blacksmith.  1504
  Pulled and hauled like a rag baby being contended for by a litter of bull pups.  1505
  Pure as a Madonna.  1506
  Pure as a plaster cast mummy with cement toes.  1507
  Pure as a virgin’s kiss.  1508
  Pure as crystal.  1509
  Pure as Heaven’s snowy flake.  1510
  Like infant’s slumbers, pure and light.  1511
  Pure as love’s heart is.  1512
  Pure as Memphian skies that never knew a storm.  1513
  Pure as mountain dew.  1514
  Pure as purest crystallization.  1515
  Pure as the blush of maiden modesty.  1516
  Pure as the dream of a child just descended from the heavens.  1517
  Pure as the lily.  1518
  Pure as the saints above.  1519
  Pure as the pines.  1520
  Pure as the unsullied wing of a bird.  1521
  Purposeless as to give a goose hay.  1522
  Purple as a pansy.  1523
  Purple as the Nile.  1524
  Pursue like a shadow.  1525
  Puzzled as a hen when her ducklings suddenly take to the water.  1526
  Quake like an aspen leaf.  1527
  Quarrel like the two halves of a Seidlitz powder.  1528
  As queer as Dick’s hatband, made of pea-straw, that went nine times round, and would not meet at last.  1529
  Quick as a flash.  1530
  Quick as an arrow.  1531
  Quick as a wink.  1532
  Quick as gunpowder.  1533
  Quick as the flash of a quail’s wing.  1534
  Quick as the twinkling of a bed-post.  1535
  Quick as you can say Jack Robinson.  1536
  Quick as hell can scorch a feather.  1537
  Quickly as a cabbage bed produces snails.  1538
  Quickly as a scalded cat goes through a back window.  1539
  Quiet as a graveyard.  1540
  Quiet as a wasp in one’s nose.  1541
  Quiet as death.  1542
  Quiet as dreaming trees.  1543
  Quiet as murder.  1544
  Quiet as the hush of evening.  1545
  As quiet as the lighting of a fly on a feather-duster.  1546
  Quiet as two kittens.  1547
  Quiet fish are talkative in comparison.  1548
  Quiver like a fiddle string.  1549
  Quiver like a leaf in the wind.  1550
  Quiver like jelly.  1551
  Raged like Satan with a toothache.  1552
  Rally like bees.  1553
  Rang like a God-swept lyre.  1554
  Rapid as a charge of Arab horse.  1555
  Rare as a blue rose.  1556
  Rare as a snowbird in hell.  1557
  Rare as a sunflower in the desert.  1558
  Rare as venison in a poor man’s kitchen.  1559
  Rattled in his ear like coins dropped on a barroom floor.  1560
  Rattled like a parchment drum.  1561
  Rattle like peas in a bladder.  1562
  Raved like a bedlamite.  1563
  Rave like a madman.  1564
  Readily as the smith can labor at his forge.  1565
  Readily as water rushes into a hollow.  1566
  Ready like a porcupine for cold weather.  1567
  Ready like the golden censer for the aloes and cassia.  1568
  About as much chance of recognition as would the breathings of a lute under an elevated train.  1569
  Red as a beet.  1570
  Red as a blister.  1571
  Red as a brick.  1572
  Red as a cherry.  1573
  Red as a coal.  1574
  Red as a danger signal.  1575
  Red as a hunter’s face.  1576
  Red as a petticoat.  1577
  Red as a red wagon.  1578
  Red as Roger’s nose, who was christened with pump water.  1579
  Red as asoka flowers.  1580
  Red as a turkey-cock.  1581
  Red as fields of heather on fire.   1582
  Red as the fire of a pipe.  1583
  Red as the heather bell.  1584
  Refreshing like a quaff from a crystal spring to a dying man.  1585
  Regular as sunrise.  1586
  Relentless as fate.  1587
  Reliable as an old wheel-horse.  1588
  Remote as a dream.  1589
  Two removes are as bad as a fire.  1590
  Renewed, like Juno’s virtue.  1591
  Reposeful as a statue.  1592
  Resolute as a drunken Irishman.  1593
  Resourceful as D’Artagnan.  1594
  Resplendent as the noonday sun.  1595
  Resplendent as the autumn moon.  1596
  Respond as steel answers to the magnet.  1597
  Responds like the strings of an Æolian harp.  1598
  Restless as a gypsy.  1599
  Restless as ambition.  1600
  Restless as Hamlet.  1601
  Restless as leaves.  1602
  Restless as quicksilver.  1603
  Return, like the postman.  1604
  Revive, like a dash of cold water in the face of the fainting.  1605
  Revolving what I had heard, like a curious man over a riddle.  1606
  Rhythmic as the swish of a swinging scythe.  1607
  Rich as flakes of virgin gold.  1608
  Rich as Golconda.  1609
  Rich as lords.  1610
  Rich as mud.  1611
  Rich as the mint.  1612
  Riches are like muck which stinks in a heap, but spread abroad, make the earth fruitful.  1613
  Ridiculous as a wig on the head of Apollo.  1614
  A lord without riches is like a soldier without arms—very ridiculous.  1615
  Rife as flies at midsummer.  1616
  Right as a glove.  1617
  Right as a golden guinea.  1618
  Right as a nail.  1619
  Right as a pie.  1620
  Right as a right angle.  1621
  Right as ninepins.  1622
  Right as rain.  1623
  Right as the Church of England.  1624
  Right as the day.  1625
  Rigid as a rock.  1626
  Rigid as if chiselled from stone.  1627
  Ringing like mad.  1628
  Rings like a bugle in the night.  1629
  Rises and falls like a swan upon roaring water.  1630
  Rise as a vapor.  1631
  Rose like a phœnix, from the fires of time.  1632
  Rose like sunlight from the sea.  1633
  Rise like the white clouds on April skies.  1634
  Roar as doth the sea.  1635
  Roared like a burning devil.  1636
  Roared like a burning lumber yard.  1637
  Roars like a demon in torture.  1638
  Roars like a lion.  1639
  Roars like a mad bull.  1640
  Roared like an angry sea.  1641
  Rocked like a leaf.  1642
  Rocked like a ship at sea.  1643
  Rolls like a whale in the sea.  1644
  Rosy-cheeked as a winter apple.  1645
  Rosy as a peony.  1646
  Rotten as the gills of an old mushroom.  1647
  Rough like butter spread over stale bread.  1648
  Round as a circus ring.  1649
  Round as a dish.  1650
  Round as a dumpling.  1651
  Round as a juggler’s box.  1652
  Round as a length of stovepipe.  1653
  Round as an orb.  1654
  Round as a pearl.  1655
  Round as a rosebud.  1656
  Round as a turnip.  1657
  Round as a windmill.  1658
  Round as the full moon.  1659
  Round as the globe.  1660
  Round-shouldered as a grindstone.  1661
  Ruddy as a parson’s daughter.  1662
  As rude as rage.  1663
  Ruffles as a breeze ruffles the surface of a pond.  1664
  Rumors fructify about it like the burgeoning of toad stools on a fat muck heap.  1665
  Running like a high sea.  1666
  Running like a lapwing.  1667
  Ran like a madman.  1668
  Run like a millrace.  1669
  Runs like a spout.  1670
  Run like fire through stubble.  1671
  Run like the devil.  1672
  Running like the Devil’s mill.  1673
  Run like the east wind.  1674
  Running things into the ground, like a dog after the hare.  1675
  Run like wildfire.  1676
  Run like winking.  1677
  Rushes … like a tempest-troubled brook.  1678
As the billows fling shells on the shore,
As the sun pours light o’er the sea,
As the lark scatters song evermore,
So rushes my love to thee.
  Sacred as cats to a priest in Thebes.  1680
  Sacred as Hindoo gods.  1681
  Sad as a subpœna.  1682
  Sad as a wail over the dead.  1683
  Sad as doom.  1684
  As sad as Fate.  1685
  Sad as if steering to dim eternity.  1686
  Sad as the eyeball of sorrow behind a shroud.  1687
  A song as sad as the wild waves be.  1688
  Safe as a blockhouse.  1689
  Safe as a child on its mother’s breast.  1690
  Safe as a crow in a gutter.  1691
  Safe as a mouse in a cheese.  1692
  Safe as a mouse in a mill.  1693
  Safe as a rat in a trap.  1694
  Safe as a sardine.  1695
  Safe as Solomon’s birds.  1696
  Safe as a thief in a mill.  1697
  Safe as a wall of brass.  1698
  Safe as caged.  1699
  Sage as Cato.  1700
  About as sane as a lunatic’s dream.  1701
  Savage as a bear with a sore head.  1702
  Savage as an Apache.  1703
  Scarce as feathers on a fish.  1704
  Scarce as furs in hell.  1705
  Scarce as orange plumes on St. Patrick’s Day.  1706
  Scarce as pin-feathers on a bullfrog.  1707
  Scarce as Scotch orators.  1708
  Scarce as snakes in Ireland.  1709
  Scatters them like a shot in a preserve.  1710
  Scattered like the bones of dead bodies torn from one another by wolves after the battle.  1711
  Scattered like chaff before the wind.  1712
  Screaming like a pigge half stickt.  1713
  Seared like hot iron.  1714
  Seasonable as snow in summer.  1715
  Secreter than the isle of Delos.  1716
  Secure as the grave.  1717
  Seemly as a cow in a cage, a dog in a doublet, or a sow with a saddle.  1718
  Seething, like the waves of an angry sea.  1719
  Selfish as a fox.  1720
  Self-praise is like water poured on fire to make it burn the brighter.  1721
  Senseless as flint.  1722
  Sensitive as a flower.  1723
  Sensuous as ether.  1724
  Serene and ephemeral as a little smiling sun.  1725
  Serious as an owl.  1726
  Serious as a portmanteau.  1727
  Shake like an aspen leaf.  1728
  Shakes like jelly.  1729
  Shapeless as an old shoe.  1730
  As sharp as a razor.  1731
  Sharp as a steel trap.  1732
  Sharp as a tiger’s tooth.  1733
  As sharp as if he lived on Tewksbury mustard.  1734
  Sharp as the bristles of a hedgehog.  1735
  Sharp as the tooth of time.  1736
  Sharp as vinegar.  1737
  Sharp, like the shrill swallow’s cry.  1738
  So sharp that you could shave a sleeping mouse without waking her.  1739
  Sheds gladness like a morn of sweet sunshine.  1740
  Shifting as a weathercock.  1741
  Shift as the sands.  1742
  Shone like a glowworm’s head.  1743
  Shines like armor.  1744
  Shines like burnished metal.  1745
  Shines like fire in cat’s eye.  1746
  Shines like frost in the moonlight.  1747
  Shine like immortals.  1748
  Shone like the bristles of a blacking-brush.  1749
  Shines like the gleam of a sword.  1750
  Shone like the jetty down on the black hogs of Hassaqua.  1751
  Shone like polished ebony.  1752
  Shone like satin.  1753
  Shines like shot silk in the sunshine.  1754
  Shiver as the swimmer when he makes his first plunge.  1755
  Shivered like a tyrant king when he smelt gunpowder.  1756
  Shook like a strong oak in a blast.  1757
  Short as Mahomet’s dream.  1758
  Short, thick and round,—like a suet-pudding.  1759
  A shriek, as of a soul in Hades.  1760
  Shrink as from a haunted place.  1761
  Shrinking like an old man into his shoulders.  1762
  Shrinks inward like a walnut.  1763
  Shrinks like a Yonkers celebrity when he hits Broadway.  1764
  Shrivelled like belated daisies, before a north wind.  1765
  As shut as evening flowers.  1766
  Sick as a cat with eating rats.  1767
  Sighed like the dying gasp of a syphon bottle.  1768
  Silent as a catacomb.  1769
  Silent as a father confessor.  1770
  Silent as death.  1771
  Silent as Fate.  1772
  Silent as Messina during a sirocco.  1773
  Silent as the day gives way to night.  1774
  Silent as the lips of Memnon.  1775
  Silent as the Sphinx.  1776
  Silent men like silent waters are deep and dangerous.  1777
  Silly as calves.  1778
  She simpers as a mare when she eats thistles.  1779
  Simple as A. B. C.  1780
  Simple as a Greek temple.  1781
  Simple as a nun’s prayer.  1782
  Simple as a schoolboy’s logic.  1783
  Simple as a squash.  1784
  Simple as rolling off a log.  1785
  Simple as the choice of Hercules between virtue and vice.  1786
  Sincere as sunlight.  1787
  Sing like a bird called a swine.  1788
  Sing like a cobbler.  1789
  Sink like a lark falling suddenly to earth.  1790
  Sinks like a plummet.  1791
  Sinks, like a seaweed, into whence she rose.  1792
  Skip like a young kid.  1793
  He skips like hail on a pack-saddle.  1794
  Slanders are like flies, that pass all over a man’s good parts to light on his sores.  1795
  Slay like thunderbolts.  1796
  Sleep like a bud.  1797
  Sleep like a dead man.  1798
  Slept like a log.  1799
  Sleepless as owls.  1800
  Slender as a cat’s elbow.  1801
  Slender as a lath.  1802
  Slender as a reed.  1803
  Slick as a ribbon.  1804
  Slow as a plumber going for his tools.  1805
  Slow as cold molasses.  1806
  Slow as molasses in January.  1807
  Sluggish as “the dull weed that rots by Lethe’s wharf.”  1808
  Sly as a fox.  1809
  Sly as old boots.  1810
  Sly as submarine.  1811
  Small as tiny stars lighting some ruined world.  1812
  Smaller than the point of a fine needle.  1813
  Smart as a whip.  1814
  Smashed like a cocoa-nut by a sledgehammer.  1815
  Smashed, as glass when it encounters adamant.  1816
  Smells like a fertilizer factory on a sunny afternoon.  1817
  Smiles and tears, like sunshine and rain, are necessary for the development of life.  1818
  Smiling like a star on the darkest night.  1819
  Smiles like a sweet June rose.  1820
  Smooth as a bowling green.  1821
  Smooth as a bulrush.  1822
  Smooth as a carpet.  1823
  Smooth as a die.  1824
  Smooth as a door knob.  1825
  Smooth as an oil’d thunderbolt.  1826
  Smooth as a perfect peach.  1827
  Smooth as a poker table.  1828
  Smooth as a rose leaf.  1829
  Smooth as the mirrors in the Palace of Peace.  1830
  Smooth as the palm of one’s hand.  1831
  Smooth as wax.  1832
  Smooth as a snow cloud.  1833
  Snapped like a fiddle string.  1834
  Snap like a pipe stem.  1835
  Snap like the lash of a whip.  1836
  Snappy as a fresh string bean.  1837
  Snoring like a pig.  1838
  Soars like a bird on the wing.  1839
  Soars like a cloud.  1840
  Sobs like an Æolian.  1841
  As sober as an ice-cream soda on New Year’s Eve.  1842
  Society is like air; very high up, it is sublimated—too low down, a perfect choke-damp.  1843
  Soft and creamy as a charlotte russe.  1844
  Soft and supple as lady’s glove.  1845
  Soft as a Dartmoor bog.  1846
  Soft as a flute.  1847
  Soft as a government job.  1848
  Soft as a jelly fish.  1849
  Soft as a shadow.  1850
  Soft as foot can fall.  1851
  Soft as marshmallows.  1852
  Soft as mush.  1853
  Soft as pudding.  1854
  Soft as sad music.  1855
  Soft as showers that fall on April meads.  1856
  Soft as soap.  1857
  Soft as the evening wind murmuring among willows.  1858
  Soft as the hands of indolence.  1859
  Soft as the murmurs of a virgin’s sigh.  1860
  Delicately soft as the sand that has been trod on by dainty seraphs.  1861
  Soft as the snow on the sea.  1862
  Soft as zephyr of a summer sky.  1863
  Softly as a milk tooth leaving a baby’s gum.  1864
  Softly as on ice that will scarcely bear.  1865
  Softly … like the footfalls of departed spirits.  1866
  Solemn as a judge.  1867
  Solemn as a slate gravestone.  1868
  Solemn as a thunderbolt.  1869
  As solemn as any catafalque.  1870
  Solemn as organ music.  1871
  Solid as old times.  1872
  Solid as the eternal rocks.  1873
  Sombre as sorrow.  1874
  Sonorous as a fountain’s notes.  1875
  Soothing as the gospel.  1876
  Sophistry is like a window curtain—it pleases as an ornament, but its true use is to keep out the light.  1877
  Youth’s sorrows, like April showers, are transitory.  1878
  Sorrow for a husband is like pain in the elbow, sharp and short.  1879
  Soulless as the fragments of a broken statue.  1880
  Sound as an acorn.  1881
  Sound as a trout.  1882
  Sound as a watch.  1883
  Sparkles like a fresh glass of champagne.  1884
  Sparkle like a ruby.  1885
  Sparkle like a seething caldron.  1886
  Sparkled as a sword-blade in the sunshine.  1887
  Spellbound as in a vice.  1888
  Spicy as a cinnamon bear.  1889
  Spin like a dervish.  1890
  Spins like a top.  1891
  Spin round like a withered leaf blown from the tree.  1892
  Spineless as a chocolate eclair.  1893
  Spineless as a jelly-fish.  1894
  Spit like fire.  1895
  Spiteful as an old maid.  1896
  Spontaneous as a crystal fountain.  1897
  Spotted like a pack of cards.  1898
  Sprawl like a toad.  1899
  Spread out like a circus parade.  1900
  Spreads like an inflammation.  1901
  Spreads like ivy.  1902
  Spreads like gossip.  1903
  Spreads like honeysuckle in Virginia.  1904
  Spreads like a lie.  1905
  Spread like a rushing torrent.  1906
  Spreads like measles in a country school.  1907
  Spread like a drop of oil on a pool.  1908
  Spread like a cinder shower from Vesuvius.  1909
  As sprightly as a jumping-jack in the hands of a man with St. Vitus dance.  1910
  Springs like a hunted deer.  1911
  Sprang to his feet like one recalled to life.  1912
  Spring up like mushrooms.  1913
  Spring up as weeds in neglected soil.  1914
  Springing up like dandelions after a spring shower.  1915
  Spruce as an onion.  1916
  Spry as a cat.  1917
  Squeaks like a rusty hinge.  1918
  Squeaked like guinea-pigs.  1919
  Stainless as a star.  1920
  Stainless as driven snow.  1921
  Stale as the hot rolls dug out of Pompeii.  1922
  Stale as old beer.  1923
  Stalk like an imperial peacock.  1924
  Stands as firm as Gibraltar.  1925
  Stands forth like morning from the shades of night.  1926
  Stands like Mumphazard, who was hanged for saying nothing.  1927
  Stands where he did, like Scotland.  1928
  Stare like a glass eye.  1929
  Stare like a mad bull.  1930
  Staring like an idiot.  1931
  Staring like a sick face.  1932
  Stately as a Roman legion.  1933
  Stately as an oak.  1934
  Stately as a steeple.  1935
  Tall and stately as a pine.  1936
  Stately as a forest monarch.  1937
  Staunch as a bloodhound.  1938
  Staunch as steel.  1939
  Steady as a church.  1940
  Steady as a clock.  1941
  Steady as a rock.  1942
  Steady as Old Time.  1943
Steal o’er my soul in sweetness
As the moonlight steals over the sea.
  Stern as a stone bust of Augustus Cæsar.  1945
  Sticking as close together as two dried figs.  1946
  Sticks like a cockle burr to a sheep’s coat.  1947
  Stick like a leech.  1948
  Sticks like a porous plaster.  1949
  Sticks like fly paper.  1950
  Stick like wax.  1951
  Stiff as a board.  1952
  Stiff as a fakir in a box left too long buried.  1953
  Stiff as a frozen shadow.  1954
  Stiff as a plaster mask.  1955
  Stiff as a poker.  1956
  Stiff as a post.  1957
  Stiff as hedge-stakes.  1958
  Stiff as steel.  1959
  Still as a church mouse.  1960
  Still as a sheltered place when winds blow loud.  1961
  Still as a tomb.  1962
  Still as the stump of a tree.  1963
  About as stimulating as a mouthful of sawdust and water.  1964
  Sting like a hornet.  1965
  Stung like a nettle.  1966
  Stink like a polecat.  1967
  Stink like carrion.  1968
  Stolid as a Dutchman.  1969
  Stolid as an ox.  1970
  Storm like a caged lion.  1971
  Straight as an angel’s flight.  1972
  Straight as an Indian’s hair.  1973
  Straight as a lance.  1974
  Straight as a pine.  1975
  Straight as a ramrod.  1976
  Straight as a rush.  1977
  Straight as a string.  1978
  Straight as columns of fire.  1979
  Straight, as if he had swallowed a stick.  1980
  Straight as the backbone of a herring.  1981
  As strange as a wedding without a bridegroom.  1982
  Strike like a battering ram.  1983
  Strike like a trip-hammer.  1984
  Strong as an eagle.  1985
  Strong as a Flander’s mare.  1986
  Strong as hate.  1987
  Strong as Hercules.  1988
  Strong as mustard.  1989
  Strong as an ox.  1990
  Struggling like a flower towards Heaven.  1991
  Struts like a cock o’ the walk.  1992
  Strut like a peacock.  1993
  Struts like a Thespian.  1994
  Stubborn as a mule.  1995
  Stumbling, like a cat shod with walnuts.  1996
  Stupid as an excuse.  1997
  Stupid as a sloth.  1998
  Subdued … like some strong stream made placid in the fullness of the lake.  1999
  Sublime as Niagara.  2000
  Sublime as the cliffs and the clouds  2001
  Submissive as a neophyte.  2002
  Submissive as clay.  2003
  Submissive as putty.  2004
  Subside like a lanced boil.  2005
  Subtle as a serpent.  2006
  About as subtle as a sidewalk-worker for a second-hand clothing store.  2007
  Sudden as an April shower.  2008
  Sudden as a meteor’s flight.  2009
  Sudden and swift as a raging cyclone.  2010
  Sudden as a sunbeam’s ray.  2011
  Sudden as a tidal wave on a summer sea.  2012
  Sudden as the babbling brook or robin’s whistle.  2013
  Sudden as the call of spring to buried flowers.  2014
  A sudden brightness, as when meteor swift opens the darkness.  2015
  As suddenly as sudden death.  2016
  Rise up suddenly like the dry corpse which stood upright in the glory of life when touched by the bones of the prophet.  2017
  Sulking like Achilles in his tent.  2018
  Sunburnt as the leaves of autumn.  2019
  Superfluous as a fifth wheel.  2020
  Superstitious as sailors.  2021
  Supple as a young panther.  2022
  Supple as the neck of a swan.  2023
  Sure as a club.  2024
  Sure as a stone drops from the hand which lets it go.  2025
  Sure as birth and death.  2026
  Sure as day and night succeed each other.  2027
  Sure as eggs in April.  2028
  Sure as gravity.  2029
  As sure as Heaven.  2030
  Sure as God’s in heaven.  2031
  Sure as I’m standing here.  2032
  Sure as March in Lent.  2033
  Sure as needles point to the north.  2034
  Sure as Silas Wegg is to drop into poetry.  2035
  Sure as tares.  2036
  As sure as that bubbles are in the form of a hemisphere.  2037
  As sure as that wild goose never laid a tame egg.  2038
  As sure as that the world is turned upside down every twenty-four hours.  2039
  Sure as the coat’s on your back.  2040
  Sure as the foot of a mule.  2041
  Sure as the opportune arrival of the detective on the final curtain of a melodrama.  2042
  Sure as the sun shines.  2043
  Sure as the steeple bears the bell.  2044
  Sure as two and two make four.  2045
  Sure as water is water.  2046
  Sure as you’re alive.  2047
  Sure as shootin’.  2048
  As sure as eggs and bacon.  2049
  Surely as night is the shadow of the earth.  2050
  Surely as oxygen eats iron.  2051
  Surely as that if two men ride a horse, one must ride behind.  2052
  Surely as the earth is moving in the spheres.  2053
  Surely as the sea-gull loves the sea, and the sunflower loves the sun.  2054
  Surely as a fallen stone must fall to its mother earth.  2055
  Surely as we wish the joys of Heaven.  2056
  Surly as a butcher’s dog.  2057
  Surpasses, as a teal does a gander; as a coach does a wheelbarrow, or a game-cock a sparrow.  2058
  Swarmed like an ant-hill.  2059
  Swarmed like bees.  2060
  Swarming after, as a tail follows a comet.  2061
  Swayed like a column in an earthquake.  2062
  Swaying like a lily.  2063
  Swear like a freighter.  2064
  Swear like a costermonger.  2065
  Sweep like a simoon.  2066
  Sweet as a girl graduate.  2067
  Sweet as a nut.  2068
  Sweet as the infant spring.  2069
  Sweet as a rose.  2070
  Sweet and wholesome as a sprig of mignonette.  2071
  Sweet as a sugar plum.  2072
  Sweet as a vial of rose oil.  2073
                Kiss as sweet,
As cool fresh stream to bruised and weary feet.
  Sweet as honey bee.  2075
  Sweet as honeysuckle.  2076
  Sweet as lilies in May.  2077
  As sweet as spring’s first song heard in the grove’s retreat.  2078
  Sweet as sugar.  2079
  Sweet as the cup of Circe.  2080
  Sweet as the harmonies of Spring.  2081
  Sweet as the liquid notes of a plover.  2082
  Sweet as the notes of a fountain.  2083
  Sweet as the perfume of roses.  2084
  Faintly sweet as the reapers hear a lark afar in the sky.  2085
  Sweet as the solemn sounds of cherubs, when they strike their golden harps.  2086
  Sweet as unblown hawthorn buds.  2087
  Swells like an angry hen ruffling her feathers.  2088
  Swelling like a tragic organ note.  2089
  Swells like mushrooms.  2090
  Swelled like the gourd.  2091
  Swift as a cannon ball.  2092
  Swift as fate.  2093
  Swift as kindling flames arise.  2094
  Swift as the glance of a falling star.  2095
  Swifter than fleeing Daphne’s twinkling feet.  2096
  Swift as the steed that feels the slackened rein.  2097
  Swift like a simoon of the desert.  2098
  As swiftly as a reach of still water is crisped by the wind.  2099
  A sympathetic heart is like a spring of pure water bursting forth from the mountain side.  2100
  Fish are talkative in comparison.  2101
  Talkative as a magpie.  2102
  Like a bagpipe, he never talks till his belly’s full.  2103
  Tall as a steeple.  2104
  Tame as a kitchen cat on a houseboat.  2105
  Tapering, like an icicle.  2106
  Mouth tasted as if a Chinese family had just moved out.  2107
  Taut as a fiddle string.  2108
  Teeth, as the gourd’s white seed.  2109
  Tempting as a barmaid.  2110
  Tempting as a paradox.  2111
  Tempting as a baked apple dumpling.  2112
  Tempting as Eve without a fig leaf.  2113
  Tender as a bud.  2114
  Tender as a capon.  2115
  Tender as a woman.  2116
  Terrible as a Cerberus.  2117
  Terrible as the curse of a dead man’s eye.  2118
  Terrible as Jove.  2119
  Thick as ants.  2120
  Thick as beans in a pod.  2121
  Thick as blackberries in July.  2122
  Thick as blanks in a lottery.  2123
  Thick as Charon’s ferry boat is with phantoms.  2124
  Thick as dust in vacant chambers.  2125
  Thick as gutter mud.  2126
  Thick as hair on a dog’s back.  2127
  Thick as lichens on marble slab.  2128
  Thick as molasses in December.  2129
  Thick as peas in summer weather.  2130
  Thick as pea soup.  2131
  Thick as pitch.  2132
  Thick as strings on a harp.  2133
  Thick as the bark on a tree.  2134
  Thick as the spawn of a fish.  2135
  Thick as thistles.  2136
  Thick as wax.  2137
  Thin as a groat.  2138
  Thin as a rail.  2139
  Thin as a snake.  2140
  Thin as a wafer.  2141
  Thin as famished rats.  2142
  Thin as gold leaf.  2143
  Thin as wall paper.  2144
  Thin as a reed.  2145
  Thin as a spindle.  2146
  Thin as a toothpick.  2147
  Thin as the shadow of a hair.  2148
  Thirst for them as Tantalus for inaccessible water, and the fruit that the wind blew away from him.  2149
  Thirsty as a fish.  2150
  Thirsty as a sponge.  2151
  Thoughts, like snowflakes on some far-off mountain side, go on accumulating till some great truth is loosened, and falls like an avalanche on the waiting world.  2152
  Threatening as a porcupine.  2153
  Thrilling as the meteor’s fall through the depths of lonely sky.  2154
  Thrilled like the juice of the purple vine.  2155
  Thrilled like the string of a lyre.  2156
  Thrilled as was Rome when Cæsar returned laden with the spoils of conquest.  2157
  Thrives like sin.  2158
  Through like a shot.  2159
  Goes through ’em like the grace of heaven through a camp meeting.  2160
  Tidy as a candy shop.  2161
  Tight as a drum head.  2162
  Locked tight as an oyster.  2163
  Tight as a wad.  2164
  Tight as Dick’s hatband.  2165
  Tight as the skin of a gooseberry.  2166
  Timid as a child deserted by its nurse.  2167
  Timid as a falling snowflake.  2168
  Timid as a mouse.  2169
  Timorous as a bird.  2170
  Tinged like the face of the rainbow.  2171
  Tiny as the temple of Nike.  2172
  Tired as old Nick.  2173
  Tired as the dickens.  2174
  Tired as twilight.  2175
  Stick together like birds.  2176
  Together like birds of prey watching a carcass.  2177
  Come in together like dinner and wax tapers.  2178
  Toiled like a dog in a wheel.  2179
                Aside I’m tossed,
As an old sword whose scabbard’s lost.
  Tossing like an awakened conscience.  2181
  Tossed like a peanut at sea.  2182
  Tossed like a feather in a whirlwind.  2183
  Tossed like a plebe in a blanket.  2184
  Tottering like a man on a tight rope.  2185
  Tough as any bough.  2186
  Tough as leather.  2187
  Tough as nails.  2188
  Tough as shoe-leather.  2189
  As tough as whit-leather.  2190
  Towering above mortality, like Horace’s swan.  2191
  Towered above them as the eternal firmament above the ephemeral butterfly.  2192
  Towers like another Saul.  2193
  Trackless as the desert.  2194
  Trackless as the sea.  2195
  Trample like dust under his feet.  2196
  Tranquil as night.  2197
  Transform like magic.  2198
  Transient as the summer storm.  2199
  Transitory as April showers.  2200
  Transparent as a young sardine.  2201
  Transparent as crystal.  2202
  Transparent as gossamer.  2203
  Transparent as light.  2204
  Trapped like a rat.  2205
  Treacherous as the memory.  2206
  Trembled as a flame blown by the wind.  2207
  Trembled like a hymn.  2208
  Trembling like needle to the pole.  2209
  Trembled … like some high oak by a fierce tempest shaken.  2210
  Tremble like the body of a guitar.  2211
  Trembled like cold jelly.  2212
  Trembled like the devil.  2213
  Trembled like the strings of a violin.  2214
  Eternal trepidation—like the ticking of a death watch to patients lying awake in the plague.  2215
  Tricky as a concierge.  2216
  Tricky as a clown.  2217
  Tricky as an ape.  2218
  Tripping like winsome fairy through the woods at break of morn.  2219
  Trot like a doe.  2220
  Trudge like a poor pedler.  2221
  True as a die.  2222
  True as God is in heaven.  2223
  True as gold.  2224
  True as holy writ.  2225
  As true as that nothing is but what is not.  2226
  True as that a man who has shaved has lost his beard.  2227
  True as that is is.  2228
  About as true as that the cat crew, and the cock rocked the cradle.  2229
  True as that the king has an egg in his pouch.  2230
  True as that the world is turned upside down every twenty-four hours.  2231
  True of his promise as a poor man of his eye.  2232
            Lovers be as trewe,
As eny metal that is forged newe.
  True as turtill dove.  2234
  As trewe as ever was any steel.  2235
  Truth like a torch, the more it’s shook, it shines.  2236
  Turned upon me, as the lion turned upon the hunter’s spear.  2237
  Twinkled like a candle flame where salt is sprinkled.  2238
  Twinkling as the morning’s tremulous gloss of balmy dew.  2239
  Twirling like a Dervish.  2240
  Twirling like a weather cock in March.  2241
  Twisted as an Egyptian cripple.  2242
  Twisted as Dick’s hatband.  2243
  Twisting like a mop.  2244
  Twist like pearl white fire.  2245
  Twittering like a flock of angry sparrows.  2246
  Ugly as a scarecrow.  2247
  Ugly as sin.  2248
  Unalterable as the spots on a leopard.  2249
  Unappetizing as the floor of a parrot’s cage.  2250
  Unattractive as a gargoyle.  2251
  Unceasing as marriage.  2252
  Unceremonious as a colony of flies.  2253
  Uncertain as a comet.  2254
  Uncertain as horse flesh.  2255
  Uncertain as weather.  2256
  Unchangeable as the past.  2257
  Uncomfortable as a rooster in a pond.  2258
  Uncomfortable as a girl sleeping with curl-papers.  2259
  Uncommon as common sense.  2260
  Unctuous as Sir Toby Belch.  2261
  Uneasy as a pig in a parlor.  2262
  Unerring as a logarithm.  2263
  Fortune came like Agag, unexpected.  2264
  Unexpected as chastity at the bar of a tavern.  2265
  Unexpected, like a thunderbolt.  2266
  Unfading as the garden of kindness.  2267
  Unfathomable as the Pythagorean number.  2268
  Ungraciousness in rendering a benefit, like a hoarse voice, mars the music of the song.  2269
  Unhappy as King Lear.  2270
  Unharmonious as a screech owl’s serenade.  2271
  Unkind as fate.  2272
  Unlike as a wasp is to an ant.  2273
  Unlike as intellect and body.  2274
  Unlike as the pearl is unlike the mother shell-fish.  2275
  Unlikely as that a mouse should fall in love with a cat.  2276
  Unlikely as that the wolf is to eat the moon.  2277
  Unlikely as sweet fruit plucked from a dry tree, or sweet leaves on a dead stem.  2278
  Unlikely … as to teach an alligator the polka.  2279
  Unlikely as that a moth intends to be burnt when it flies into a candle flame.  2280
  Unlikely as to see a hog fly.  2281
  Unpredestinate as the clouds over our heads.  2282
  Unprofitable as picking feathers out of molasses.  2283
  Unquiet as noise shaken.  2284
  Unreasonable as to expect a hook to hold soft cheese.  2285
  Unreconcilable as cats and rats, as hounds and hares.  2286
  Unseasonable as snow in summer.  2287
  Unsteady as a shadow.  2288
  Unsteady as the eye looking at the sun.  2289
  Unsubstantial as a ghost.  2290
  Untiring as the law of gravitation.  2291
  Unwelcome as snow in summer.  2292
  Unwelcome as water in a leaking ship.  2293
  Unwelcome as water in your shoe.  2294
  Unyielding as a rock.  2295
  Up and down like a bucket in a well.  2296
Uplifted like the everlasting dome
Which rises in the miracle sublime over eternal Rome.
  Upright as a ramrod.  2298
  Upright as a sentinel.  2299
  As upright as a stake.  2300
  An uproar like ten thousand Smithfield fairs.  2301
  About as useful as a button on a hat.  2302
  Useful as a shin of beef, which has a big bone for the big dog, a little bone for the little dog, and a sinew for the cat.  2303
  Useful as a cow.  2304
  Useful as daylight.  2305
  Useless as a chimney until you light your fire.  2306
  Useless as a gun without a trigger.  2307
  Useless as a disabled pitcher.  2308
  As useless as a monkey’s fat.  2309
  Useless as a sedan chair on a railway.  2310
  Useless as a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.  2311
  Useless as whispering in the ear of a corpse.  2312
  Useless as a clock without wheels.  2313
  Useless as to stop up a rathole with an apple dumpling.  2314
  Vague as a shadow.  2315
  Vain as a peacock.  2316
  Vain as chasing a bug in the dark.  2317
  Vain as the leaf upon the stream.  2318
  Vain as the promises of a patent medicine advertisement.  2319
  Vain as to water the plant when the root is dead.  2320
  Valourless as a hare.  2321
  Valorous as Cæsar.  2322
  Valuable as chiselled gold or facetted gems.  2323
  Vanish like a bursted bubble.  2324
  Vanished like a guilty thing.  2325
  Vanished like a pantomime demon.  2326
  Vanished like a pie.  2327
  Vanished like a Titanic world of spectres.  2328
  Like a vain dream … vanish’d hence, we know not how.  2329
  Vanishing, like eerie bubbles, on the rough, tried sea of care.  2330
  Vanishing like noxious exhalations.  2331
  Vanish like the figments of a dream.  2332
  Vanish like the mist in the morning.  2333
  Variable as a shadow.  2334
  Varied as the day.  2335
  Varied as nature.  2336
  Various as the words we speak.  2337
  Vibrated, like a coffee mill in operation.  2338
  Victorious like the crest of Mars.  2339
  Vigilant as the stars.  2340
  Vindictive as Philip II.  2341
  Violent as a river, swollen with rain, rushes from the mountain.  2342
  Virtue, like the sun, retains its resplendence, though frequently obscured by clouds.  2343
  Vivid as a photograph.  2344
  Vivid as a dream.  2345
  Vocal like a harpsichord touched in its ancient neglect by a master hand; its voice comes back and is eloquent again.  2346
  A voice like a broken phonograph.  2347
  Her voice was like a bagpipe suffering from tonsillitis.  2348
  For thy voice like an echo from Fairyland seems.  2349
  Voiceless as silence.  2350
  Voiceless as the sphinx.  2351
  Voiceless as the tomb.  2352
  Vulgar as money.  2353
  Waddle like a duck.  2354
  Wags like a lamb’s tail.  2355
  A lonely wail, like a lost child’s cry.  2356
  Wailed like starving infants.  2357
Like trees fast rooted in the ground.
  Walked like a chicken with frozen toes.  2359
  Wan as a sea cliff.  2360
  Wan as the watery beams of the moon.  2361
  Wan and mute as vapor.  2362
  Wan was her lip as the lily’s petal.  2363
  Wanton as a calf with two dams.  2364
  Warbled like a bird in a sweet summer place.  2365
  Warm as a mouse in a churn.  2366
  Warm as sunbeams.  2367
  Warm as the glow of a topaz.  2368
  Warm as Venus.  2369
  Wary as a fox.  2370
  Watchful as a sentinel.  2371
  Watchful as the eye of a bird.  2372
  Waving like mermaids’ hair.  2373
  Waving like the bosom of an Amazon.  2374
  Wavering as Hamlet.  2375
  Wayward as a flame.  2376
  Weak as a cat.  2377
  Weak as a lamb that can’t stand the weight of its own wool.  2378
  Wealth, like rheum, falls upon the weakest parts.  2379
  Wearied as a finch in a cage.  2380
  Weary as a haystack-sleeper.  2381
  Weeps like a walrus o’er the waning moon.  2382
  About as welcome as a bullet.  2383
  Welcome as water in a leaking ship.  2384
  About as welcome as a coffin at a wooden wedding.  2385
  Welcome as the clang of the dinner bell.  2386
  Welcome as an engagement ring to an old maid.  2387
  Welcome as a good-natured friend who makes short calls.  2388
  Welcome as dew on parched flowers.  2389
As welcome as sunshine
In every place
Is the beaming approach
Of a good-natured face.
  Wet as a fish.  2391
  Wheeze like a calliope with sore tonsils.  2392
  Whine like wind at a keyhole.  2393
  Whipped like a cur.  2394
  Whirl like a scourge in the air.  2395
  Fetlock whiskers, like that worn by a Percheron stallion.  2396
  White as a bean.  2397
  White as lime.  2398
  White as a baby’s arm.  2399
  White as a diamond.  2400
  White as a doll.  2401
  White as a dove.  2402
  White as a fish.  2403
  White as a flock of sheep.  2404
  White as a ghost.  2405
  White as a live terrier.  2406
  White as a pillow.  2407
  White as arsenic.  2408
  White as a sheet.  2409
  White as a shroud.  2410
  White as a spirit.  2411
  White as a statue.  2412
  White as a sycamore.  2413
  White as a whale’s tooth.  2414
  White as chastity.  2415
  White as his neck-cloth.  2416
  White as salt.  2417
  White as silver.  2418
  White as sin forgiven.  2419
  White as sunbeams.  2420
  White as the breakers’ foam.  2421
  White as the breast of a gull.  2422
  White as the blossoms of the almond tree.  2423
  White as the foam that danced on the billow’s height.  2424
  White as the gown of a bride.  2425
  White as the hand of Moses.  2426
  White as the snowy white rose that in the moonlight sighs.  2427
  White as white satin.  2428
  White like the inside of a shoulder of mutton.  2429
  Wholesome as ass’s milk.  2430
  Wide as a barn door.  2431
  Wide as the poles asunder.  2432
  Wide stretching as the earth.  2433
  Wild as a buck.  2434
  Wild as a hawk.  2435
  Wild as a maniac’s dream.  2436
  Wild as a mountain lion.  2437
  Wild as Scott’s Macbriar.  2438
  Wild as Whiston’s prophecies.  2439
  Wilful as a pig that will neither lead nor drive.  2440
  Winds about like a hare.  2441
  Winds about like a snake in the grass.  2442
  Winds like a lover’s knot.  2443
  Winged as Hermes’ heels.  2444
  Wise as Minerva.  2445
  Wise as Solomon.  2446
  As wise as the men of Gotham, who went to build a wall about the wood to keep out the cuckoo.  2447
  Wit is like a ghost, much more often talked of than seen.  2448
  Withered like a Normandy pippin.  2449
  Withered like a rose without light.  2450
  Witty as a Frenchman.  2451
  Witty as a roll of ten dollar bills.  2452
  Witty as Diana.  2453
  Witty as two fools and a madman.  2454
  Witty men commit the most fatal errors, as the strongest horses make the most dangerous stumbles.  2455
  A painted woman is like a gilded pill; fools admire the former, and children the latter, for the disguise.  2456
  A woman, like a melon, is hard to choose.  2457
  Women are like melons: it is only after having tasted them that we know whether they are good or not.  2458
  Pretty women are like sovereigns: one flatters them only through interest.  2459
  Woman, like good wine, is a sweet poison.  2460
  Women, like the plants in woods, derive their softness and tenderness from the shade.  2461
  As wooden as the shoe on a Dutch peasant.  2462
  Work like a horse.  2463
  Worked like a fury.  2464
  Worked like a Trojan.  2465
  Worked like a miner in a landslide.  2466
  Work like beavers.  2467
  Worried as a toad under a harrow.  2468
  Worry as a wolf a lamb.  2469
  Wrapped, as in a mist.  2470
  Wrinkled as a raisin.  2471
  Writhes like Saint Laurent on the gridiron.  2472
  Writhed like twisted locks.  2473
  Yearned as the parched land for summer’s rain.  2474
  Yelling like savages.  2475
  Yellow as a cat’s eye.  2476
  Yellow as a corpse.  2477
  Yellow as a guinea.  2478
  Youth, like white paper, will take any impression.  2479
  Youth is like green corn, all sap and promise.  2480
  Youthful as the month of May.  2481
  Zealous, like a Quaker railing at lace.  2482
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