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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Rudyard Kipling
  Absurd as giving bread-pills for a broken leg.  1
  Black as the sliding water over a mill-dam.  2
  Blowing like a grampus.  3
Fortune changeth as the moon
To caravel and picaroon.
  As chill and as green as the sea.  5
  Clanging like a smithy-shop.  6
  Clear as summer-lightning flare.  7
  Clever as sin.  8
  Cling like the sloth.  9
  Curved like a stallion’s crop.  10
  Curved over like the edge of a waterfall.  11
  Dart like a rifle-bullet.  12
  At a safe distance, like mother ducks watching their brood.  13
Drooped like a lily tired
That lolls upon the stalk.
The slow mists of the evening dropped,
Dropped as a cloth upon a dead man’s face.
  He dropped like a bullock.  16
  Men dropped like partridges.  17
  Drunk as Davy’s sow on a frosty night.  18
  As easy as a man dyin’ wi’ due warnin’.  19
  Faint as the visions in a dream.  20
  Fair as bar of gold.  21
  In a fit of fidgets, when she behaved like a puppy chewing a string, a clumsy woman in a side-saddle, a hen with her head cut off, or a cow stung by a hornet.  22
  Fizzled like freshly opened soda water.  23
  Flash like a heliograph.  24
  Fled like a dusky cloud.  25
  Flickering light like the jewels of a broken necklace.  26
  Glares like an excited cat.  27
  Glared like hot iron.  28
            Heavy as remembered sin
That will not suffer sleep or thought to ease.
  Howl like a wild beast.  30
  Idle, and mean as a collier’s whelp.  31
  Impartially as the grave.  32
  Impassive as the copper head on a penny.  33
  Jingled like a carriage horse.  34
  Jumpy as a cat.  35
  Keen as a sword.  36
  Leaking like a lobster-pot.  37
  Leaps like a bared sword.  38
  Leap like trout in May.  39
  Limber as a frog.  40
  Limp as a chewed rag.  41
  March like an endless rhyme.  42
  Are mixed as the mist of some devilish dream.  43
  Noiseless as a black shadow.  44
  Prancing like a bean-fed horse.  45
  Quietly as a cloud.  46
  Quivered … as a breakwater-pile quivers to the rush of landward-racing seas.  47
  Quivering like a man’s hand when he raises it to say good-bye.  48
  My head rang like a guard-room gong.  49
  Rang like a musket-butt on flagstones.  50
Loud-voiced and reckless as the wide tide-race
That whips our harbor-mouth!
  Red as slaughter.  52
  A single roar like the roar of a mortar-battery.  53
  Roar … like the sound of a beast in pain.  54
  The pile of fish … shone like a dump of fluid silver.  55
  Shot like a rabbit in a ride.  56
  Shrank as the beetle shrinks beneath the pin when village children stab him in their sport.  57
  Silently as a cloud rolls out of the mouth of a valley.  58
  Singing … like the shouting of a backstay in a gale.  59
  The erect body sank like a sword driven home into the scabbard.  60
  Slid like an evil dream.  61
  Slow as a worm.  62
  Snore like over-gorged humans.  63
  Solemn as putty.  64
  Soothing as the wash of the sea.  65
  Lightning spattered the sky as a thrown egg spatters a barn door.  66
  Still as beggars at the gate of greatness.  67
  As straight as a beggar can spit.  68
  Sure as Time.  69
  Tensely as the drawn wire rope of a suspension bridge.  70
  Thick as butter.  71
  A little thought in life is like salt upon rice.  72
  Gathered herself together like a watch spring.  73
  Trailing like a wounded duck.  74
  Unlovely as the corpse of a man.  75
  Unvexed … like the candles round a shrine.  76
  Whirling like a windmill.  77
  Thin-flanked woman, as white and as stale as a bone.  78
  Yellow and ill-fitting as the shuck on a dried cob.  79
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