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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
O. Henry
  Full of apathy as a territorial delegate during the chaplain’s prayer.  1
  Blacker than a raven in a coal mine.  2
  Blinking like a disreputable, drunken owl.  3
  Boomed like a split trombone.  4
  Breathing like a second-hand bicycle pump.  5
  Good a chance to win as a man learning to play poker on an ocean steamer.  6
  Clatter like a churn-dasher dabbling in buttermilk.  7
  Clear as the water in trout pools.  8
  Crying like Niobe or Niagara.  9
  Dangerous as a machine gun.  10
  Ambiguous … blue eyes like the china dog on the mantel piece.  11
  Served as fast as you throw the five baseballs at the colored gentleman’s head.  12
  Put up a fight like a welter-weight cinnamon bear.  13
  Fits you like a flannel washed in hot suds.  14
  Followed like a child after the Pied Piper.  15
  Glaring like a lion in a trap.  16
  Grand as floor-walkers.  17
  Handsome as a new stake-rope on a thirty-dollar pony.  18
  Helpless as a turtle on its back.  19
  Immovable as a setter at the scent of quail.  20
  Gave a short laugh like the closing of a padlock.  21
  Lay like a bank of stage snow.  22
  Lined like the rind of a cantaloupe.  23
  He looked like a composite picture of five thousand orphans too late to catch a picnic steamboat.  24
  Loose as the wrapper of a two-for-fiver.  25
  Meditative, like a girl trying to decide which dress to wear to the party.  26
  Merry as an alimony bell.  27
  Musical as the holes of a flute without the flute.  28
  Make a noise like an assessment.  29
  Pockets … looked like a pool table’s after a fifteen-ball run.  30
  Polite as wax.  31
  Love should be as private a sentiment as a toothbrush.  32
  Protruding, like the clue to a Lilliputian murder mystery.  33
  Puffed like a leaky steam pipe.  34
  Reclined like some vacuous beauty lounging in a guarded harem.  35
  Rising in the middle of it like a lump of self-raising dough.  36
  Go round and round like Catherine wheels.  37
  Shuddered like some woman’s overfat pug when a street dog bristles up at him.  38
  Shun as moles shun light.  39
  Slick as soap grease.  40
  Softly as a burglar goes.  41
  Stepping softly like a scout.  42
  Soothed like the music of a tom-tom.  43
  Stay … about as long as a tenderfoot would stick on an untamed bronco.  44
  Still as a graveyard.  45
  A good story is like a bitter pill with the sugar coating inside of it.  46
  Thick as two body-snatchers.  47
                Steamer …
Tore its way out like a savage sawfish.
  Tosses you about like cork crumbs in wine opened by an unfeed waiter.  49
  Transparent as mica.  50
  Unapproachable as a star.  51
  Uncomfortable as a raw oyster served with sweet pickles.  52
  Unsullied in life and deed as a holy saint.  53
  Up and down like a milk punch in the shaker.  54
  Voice like a coyote with bronchitis.  55
  Wander like a lost soul in a Sam Lloyd puzzle.  56
  Windy as a dog-day in Kansas.  57
  Working like the gills of a fish.  58
  Yellow as a Chinaman.  59
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