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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Stare (Verb)
 
  Stare like a glass eye.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Stare like a mad bull.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Staring like an idiot.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Staring like a sick face.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Stared in my face like a flash of light.
            —Honoré de Balzac
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            Mortals stare aghast
As though heaven’s bounteous windows were slammed fast
Incontinent.
            —Robert Browning
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  Stared like a pig poisoned.
            —Benjamin Franklin
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  Stared … like a detected thief.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
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  Staring like Pythoness possessed.
            —Thomas Hood
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  Staring at her as if she had been an angel out of Heaven.
            —Charles Kingsley
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  Stare, like wild things of the wood about a fire.
            —James Russell Lowell
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  Stares as he had seen Medusa’s head.
            —Philip Massinger
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Stared, as one who would command
Sight of what has filled his ear.
            —George Meredith
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                Stared listlessly,
Like those who walk in sleep.
            —William Morris
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  Eyes staring like a dead pig’s.
            —François Rabelais
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Like dumb statues, or breathing stones,
Stared each on other.
            —William Shakespeare
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  Stared … as professional critics do at a new poet.
            —Joseph V. von Scheffel
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  Stared like the Gorgon’s head.
            —Tobias Smollett
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  Staring like a stuck pig.
            —Jonathan Swift
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  Stared aghast at her a minute, as Macbeth might on beholding Banquo’s sudden appearance at his ball-supper.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
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  Stared like a dead body.
            —H. G. Wells
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