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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sharp
 
  As sharp as a razor.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Sharp as a steel trap.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Sharp as a tiger’s tooth.
            —Anonymous
  3
  As sharp as if he lived on Tewksbury mustard.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Sharp as the bristles of a hedgehog.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Sharp as the tooth of time.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Sharp as vinegar.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Sharp, like the shrill swallow’s cry.
            —Anonymous
  8
  So sharp that you could shave a sleeping mouse without waking her.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Sharp as the little end of nothing.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  10
  Sharp, like the crack of a pistol.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  11
  A pang as sharp as ever wrenched confession from the lips of a prisoner in the cells of the Inquisition.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12
  Like the prick of a needle, duly sharp.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  13
  Sharpe as brere.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  14
Sharp as the gore-soaked lashes
Of men’s whips.
            —Eliza Cook
  15
  Sharp as a winter’s morning.
            —Richard Corbet
  16
  Sharp-sighted as a hawk.
            —Richard Cumberland
  17
  Sharp like the claws of ravening beasts.
            —John Fox
  18
  Sharp as the bee-sting.
            —James Grainger
  19
  Sharp like a quince.
            —William Hazlitt
  20
  Sharp as a handsaw.
            —John Heywood
  21
  Sharp as her needle.
            —John Heywood
  22
  Sharp as a beak.
            —Victor Hugo
  23
  Sharp as truth.
            —Victor Hugo
  24
  Sharp as frost.
            —Eric Mackay
  25
  Sharp as a sickle is the edge of shade and shine.
            —George Meredith
  26
  Sharp as the enchanter’s sword.
            —George Meredith
  27
  Sharp as a ferret at a field-rat’s hole.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  28
  Sharp as a sword drawn from a shuddering wound.
            —Alfred Noyes
  29
  Sharp as thistles are.
            —Ovid
  30
  Short and sharp, like a donkey’s gallop.
            —Samuel Pegge
  31
  Sharp as javelins.
            —John Ruskin
  32
  Sharp as dirk rammed down in its sheath.
            —Duncan. C. Scott
  33
  Sharp as my needle.
            —William Shakespeare
  34
  More sharp than filed steel.
            —William Shakespeare
  35
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
            —William Shakespeare
  36
  Nose was as sharp as a pen.
            —William Shakespeare
  37
  Sharp as his spur.
            —William Shakespeare
  38
  Sharp as a bayonet.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  39
  Sharp as tenterhooks.
            —John Skelton
  40
  Sharp as … oyster strumpet.
            —Jonathan Swift
  41
  Sharp as the north sets when the snows are out.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  42
  More sharp than is the naked side of war.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  43
  Sharp as a terrier.
            —Tom Taylor
  44
  Sharp as reproach.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  45
  Sharp as a two-edged sword.
            —Old Testament
  46
  Sharper than a thorn.
            —Old Testament
  47
  Sharp as a thistle.
            —Towneley Mysteries, or Miracle Plays
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