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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Sure as monument of brass,
Their fame to future time shall pass.
            —Arthur Acheson
  Sure as a club.
  Sure as a stone drops from the hand which lets it go.
  Sure as birth and death.
  Sure as day and night succeed each other.
  Sure as eggs in April.
  Sure as gravity.
  As sure as Heaven.
  Sure as God’s in heaven.
  Sure as I’m standing here.
  Sure as March in Lent.
  Sure as needles point to the north.
  Sure as Silas Wegg is to drop into poetry.
  Sure as tares.
  As sure as that bubbles are in the form of a hemisphere.
  As sure as that wild goose never laid a tame egg.
  As sure as that the world is turned upside down every twenty-four hours.
  Sure as the coat’s on your back.
  Sure as the foot of a mule.
  Sure as the opportune arrival of the detective on the final curtain of a melodrama.
  Sure as the sun shines.
  Sure as the steeple bears the bell.
  Sure as two and two make four.
  Sure as water is water.
  Sure as you’re alive.
  Sure as shootin’.
  As sure as eggs and bacon.
  Sure as an obligation sealed in the butter.
            —John Baret
  Sure as a gun.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Sure as wedlock.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Sure as stars of hope.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Sure as sunrise.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Sure as you are there.
            —John Bunyan
  Sure as death.
            —Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  Sure as the wold gulls make seaward.
            —Bliss Carman
  Sure … as the witch-hazel towards treasure.
            —George W. Curtis
  Sure as a rock.
            —John Davies
  Sure as sun-up.
            —Charles Dickens
  Sure as the gospel.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Sure as roundness in the dewdrop.
            —George Eliot
  Sure as the devil’s in London.
            —Henry Fielding
  Sure as the fishes swim and birds do fly.
            —Gerhart Hauptmann
  Sure as a juggler’s box.
            —William Carew Hazlitt (English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases)
  Sure as Dover stands at Dover.
            —Thomas Hood
  Sure as a horse when he knows his rider.
            —Richard Hovey
  Sure as Time.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Sure as the shaft that leaves the Parthian bow.
  As sure as Heaven rained manna for the Jews.
            —Christopher Marlowe
  Sure as the date on a bill.
            —George Meredith
  Sure as earth lives under snows, and Love lives under pain.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Sure as fate.
            —G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)
  Sure as God made little apples.
            —G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)
  Sure as I’m alive.
            —G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)
  Sure as you are born.
            —G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)
  As sure as Christmas comes.
            —George Outram
  Sure as is the march of doom.
            —Sandor Petöfi
  Sure as death and taxes are.
            —Poor Robin’s Almanack
  As sure as cold engenders hail.
            —Alexander Pope
  Sure as key of lock.
            —Matthew Prior
  As sure as a gun is iron.
            —Opie Read
Sure as the sun rolls up the morn,
Or twilight from eve is born.
            —Charles Sangster
  Sure as bark on a tree.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sure as day.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sure as I live.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sure as I have thought or soul.
            —William Shakespeare
  Sure as God made Moses.
            —Sam Slick
  Sure as eggs is eggs.
            —Sam Slick
  As sure as any gun.
            —Horace Smith
  As sure as wax-candles have wicks.
            —Horace Smith
  Sure as I hobble on ten toes.
            —James Smith
  Sure as night is known from day.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Sure as present pain is.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Sure as truth.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Sure as sense of beast or bird.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Sure as comes the postman and the sun.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  Sure as creed.
            —Izaak Walton
  Sure as the most certain sure.
            —Walt Whitman
  Sure as brook to run to river.
            —A. C. Wilke
  As sure as there’s a moon in Heaven.
            —William Wordsworth

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