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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Spread
 
  Spread out like a circus parade.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Spreads like an inflammation.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Spreads like ivy.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Spreads like gossip.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Spreads like honeysuckle in Virginia.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Spreads like a lie.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Spread like a rushing torrent.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Spreads like measles in a country school.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Spread like a drop of oil on a pool.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Spread like a cinder shower from Vesuvius.
            —Anonymous
  10
  Spreads … like the great voice of the sea.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  11
  Spread like fingers.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  12
  Spreads like fire.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  13
  Spreading his hands and all of his fingers, like the threads of a spider’s web.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14
  Spread like wild-geese.
            —George Chapman
  15
  The conflagration spread like a flaming garland.
            —René de François Chateaubriand
  16
  Spread like fire among stubble.
            —Sanford Cox
  17
  Spreads like a memory.
            —Giosuè Carducci
  18
  Spread like fog.
            —John Dryden
  19
  An innumerable crowd spread like a black robe over the shore.
            —Hamlin Garland
  20
  Roots … spreading like huge creeping snakes over the surface of the evil.
            —Ernst H. Haeckel
  21
  Spread, like distant morning in the skies.
            —John Hughes
  22
  Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains.
            —Madame de Lespinasse
  23
  The fancy of this exclusion spread immediately, like a gangrene, over the whole body of the monarchy.
            —Sir Roger L’Estrange
  24
  Spreads like a snow-ball.
            —William J. Locke
  25
  Spread like an ocean.
            —Edward Lovibond
  26
  Spreading like a mighty flock of sheep.
            —Walter Malone
  27
  Spread out, wide as the width of mind.
            —Lewis Morris
  28
  Spreads like a surface.
            —John Pomfret
  29
  Spread like wildfire.
            —Ray (Collectanea)
  30
  Spread like a contagion.
            —Mrs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
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As the delicate rose
To the sun’s sweet strength
Doth herself unclose,
Breadth and length;
So spreads my heart to thee.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  32
  Silence spread … like water that a pebble stirs.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  33
  Spreads like scandal after a sewing bee.
            —William Sage
  34
  Spread like evil ulcers.
            —Seneca
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  Spread like a quenchless fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
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                Spread
Like radiance from the cloud-surrounded morn.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  37
  Spreads, like the round ocean, girdled with the sky.
            —Robert Southey
  38
  Her rich locks spread like sunbeams on the wind.
            —Torquato Tasso
  39
  Spread … abroad as the four winds of heaven.
            —Old Testament
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  As the valleys are they spread forth.
            —Old Testament
  41
  Spreading himself like a green bay tree.
            —Old Testament
  42
  Spread like a halo round a misty moon.
            —William Wordsworth
  43
  Spread like a sea.
            —William Wordsworth
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  Spread like plagues.
            —William Wordsworth
  45
  Spread like day.
            —William Wordsworth
  46
  The slaughter spread like flame.
            —William Wordsworth
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