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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  As sharp as a razor.
  Sharp as a steel trap.
  Sharp as a tiger’s tooth.
  As sharp as if he lived on Tewksbury mustard.
  Sharp as the bristles of a hedgehog.
  Sharp as the tooth of time.
  Sharp as vinegar.
  Sharp, like the shrill swallow’s cry.
  So sharp that you could shave a sleeping mouse without waking her.
  Sharp as the little end of nothing.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Sharp, like the crack of a pistol.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  A pang as sharp as ever wrenched confession from the lips of a prisoner in the cells of the Inquisition.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Like the prick of a needle, duly sharp.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Sharpe as brere.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
Sharp as the gore-soaked lashes
Of men’s whips.
            —Eliza Cook
  Sharp as a winter’s morning.
            —Richard Corbet
  Sharp-sighted as a hawk.
            —Richard Cumberland
  Sharp like the claws of ravening beasts.
            —John Fox
  Sharp as the bee-sting.
            —James Grainger
  Sharp like a quince.
            —William Hazlitt
  Sharp as a handsaw.
            —John Heywood
  Sharp as her needle.
            —John Heywood
  Sharp as a beak.
            —Victor Hugo
  Sharp as truth.
            —Victor Hugo
  Sharp as frost.
            —Eric Mackay
  Sharp as a sickle is the edge of shade and shine.
            —George Meredith
  Sharp as the enchanter’s sword.
            —George Meredith
  Sharp as a ferret at a field-rat’s hole.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Sharp as a sword drawn from a shuddering wound.
            —Alfred Noyes
  Sharp as thistles are.
  Short and sharp, like a donkey’s gallop.
            —Samuel Pegge
  Sharp as javelins.
            —John Ruskin
  Sharp as dirk rammed down in its sheath.
            —Duncan. C. Scott
  Sharp as my needle.
            —William Shakespeare
  More sharp than filed steel.
            —William Shakespeare
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
            —William Shakespeare
  Nose was as sharp as a pen.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sharp as his spur.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sharp as a bayonet.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Sharp as tenterhooks.
            —John Skelton
  Sharp as … oyster strumpet.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Sharp as the north sets when the snows are out.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  More sharp than is the naked side of war.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Sharp as a terrier.
            —Tom Taylor
  Sharp as reproach.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Sharp as a two-edged sword.
            —Old Testament
  Sharper than a thorn.
            —Old Testament
  Sharp as a thistle.
            —Towneley Mysteries, or Miracle Plays

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