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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Helpless
 
  Helpless as a babe.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Helpless, as a cat in a trap.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Helpless as a corpse.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Helpless as Balaam.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Helpless as a king of England.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5
  Helpless as an infant caterpillar in a nest of hungry ants.
            —James Montgomery Flagg
  6
  Helpless as the dead.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
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  Helpless as a turtle on its back.
            —O. Henry
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  Helpless as a lame beggar.
            —Ouida
  9
  Helpless and flurried as a fish landed on a grassy bank with a barbed hook through its gills.
            —Ouida
  10
  Helpless as a ship in stays.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  11
  Helpless, like doves driven headlong down by a murky tempest.
            —Virgil
  12
  Helpless as a sailor cast on desert rock.
            —William Wordsworth
  13
  Helpless … as the blind.
            —William Wordsworth
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