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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Cling around the soul, as the sky clings round the mute earth forever beautiful.
  Clinging … as ivy clings about an oak; as tuft-hunters with buzz and purr about a fellow-commoner.
  Cling like a forlorn hope.
  Clinging like a wet towel to a nail.
  Cling like moss to a damp wall.
  Clung … like a damp dish-cloth around a stove pipe.
  Clung like a drowning man.
  Clings like the wicked stench of the harlot’s room.
            —John Antrobus
  Clung like a beast’s hide to his fleshless bones.
            —Edwin Arnold
  Clung to the merry music of her words, like a bird on a bough, high swaying in the wind.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Clings fast as the clinging vine.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Clings like an octopus.
            —Robert Browning
  Clinging … as friend with friend, or husband with wife,
Makes hand in hand the passage of life.
            —William Cullen Bryant
  Cling like Death’s embrace.
            —H. C. Bunner
  Cling like Ivy.
            —Robert Burton
  Clung like a cuirass to his breast.
            —Lord Byron
  Clinging like a faint odor.
            —Henry A. Clapp
  Cling to the memory as tenaciously as the fragrance of lavender clings to glove or lace.
            —Henry A. Clapp
  Clung to the soil like Caliban.
            —Charles Dickens
  Cling to the old house as barnacles to a wrecked and stranded vessel.
            —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  Clinging … like pigeons on a roof-slope.
            —Thomas Hardy
  Clung … like ivy to a tree.
            —Maurice Hewlett
  Cling … like the spokes of a wheel.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Clings … like the weed in the face of the cliff.
            —Thomas Hood
Clings cruelly to us, like the gnawing sloth
On the deer’s tender haunches.
            —John Keats
  Cling like the sloth.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Clings about thee close, like moss to stones.
            —Walter S. Landor
  Cling, like bees about a flower’s wine-cup.
            —Gerald Massey
Like flies to the sheer precipice.
            —Lewis Morris
  Clung like a spectral snow.
            —John G. Neihardt
  Clung … like magnet to steel.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Clung like drowning men beneath the wave.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Like serpent eggs together.
            —Alfred Tennyson
Her kisses burn where they close and cling
Like pain of longing or fire of hell.
            —George Sylvester Viereck
  Clinging like sentry to his post.
  Clings … like pitch.
Cling, as clings the tufted moss,
To bear the winter’s lightning chills.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier

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