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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Shrink
 
  Shrink as from a haunted place.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Shrinking like an old man into his shoulders.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Shrinks inward like a walnut.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Shrinks like a Yonkers celebrity when he hits Broadway.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Shrunk like a withered hand.
            —Philip James Bailey
  5
  Shrink, as if I had been wandering among volcanic-looking hills, and had suddenly felt the ground quiver.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  6
  Shrink into a point like death.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  7
  Shrink up like a crushed snail.
            —Robert Browning
  8
  Shrunken … like a withered branch.
            —Buddha
  9
  Shrunk up like a bean in a pod.
            —Alice Cary
  10
  Shrinking back, like one that had mistook.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  11
            Shrink,
As from a precipice’s brink.
            —Eliza Cook
  12
  Shrink as a snail.
            —Coventry Mysteries
  13
  Shrinks, like the sick moon at the wholesome morn.
            —William Crashaw
  14
  Shrink like parchment in consuming flame.
            —John Dryden
  15
Shrinks as some fair tulip by a storm oppressed
Shrinks up and folds its silken arms to rest.
            —John Dryden
  16
                Shrank
As one who sees a loathed sight.
            —Maurice F. Egan
  17
  Shrank like the snow that watchers in the vale see narrowed on the height each summer morn.
            —George Eliot
  18
  Shrank like a leaf in Fall.
            —Eugene Field
  19
  Shrinking like a snail withdrawing into its shell.
            —Herman Heijermans, Jr.
  20
  Shrunk away as a frost-bitten apple.
            —Washington Irving
  21
  Shrunk away, within him, like a dried filbert in its shell.
            —Washington Irving
  22
  Shrank as from a sudden and mortal danger.
            —Mary Johnston
  23
Shrank, like things with breath,
Whose ripeness feels the touch of death.
            —C. F. Keary
  24
  Shrank as the beetle shrinks beneath the pin when village children stab him in their sport.
            —Rudyard Kipling
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Shrank, like boys, who, unaware,
Ranging the woods to start a hare,
Come to the mouth of the dark lair where,
Growling low, a fierce old bear
Lies amidst bones and blood.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
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  Shrink as though Death were passing in his shroud.
            —John Masefield
  27
  Shrank as at a prick of steel.
            —George Meredith
  28
  Shrank—like parchment at the touch of flame.
            —George Meredith
  29
  Shrink, as from a serpent in a knot of flowers.
            —Henry Hart Milman
  30
  He shrinks, as from a viewless blow.
            —Richard Monckton Milnes
  31
  Shrinking as violets do in summer ray.
            —Thomas Moore
  32
  Shrink as though some cowardly sin were between them.
            —Ouida
  33
                Shrank,
As a taper in sunlight sinks faint and aghast.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  34
  Shrinks like scorched parchment from the fiery ordeal of true criticism.
            —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  35
  Shrinks, as might love from scorn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  36
  Shrunk away tremulously, as fairies in the story-books, before a superior bad angel.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  37
  Shrinks like a beggar in the cold.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  38
  Shrink … like guilty things surprised.
            —Edwin P. Whipple
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