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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Dead
 
  Dead as Chelsea.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Dead as a man after two doctors have visited him.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Dead as leaves on a painted canvas.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Dead as mackerel.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Dead as the nail in a coffin.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Dead as the Roman Empire.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Dead as the wholesale district on Sunday.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Dead as Aristophanes.
            —William Archer
  8
                My sweetest child,
Which like a flow’r crush’d with a blast, is dead.
            —Sir John Beaumont
  9
Dead as a buried vestal whose whole strength
Goes when the grate above shuts heavily.
            —Robert Browning
  10
  As dead to the life I once lived as if the Styx rolled between it and me.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  11
  As dead to you as the dust of your fathers.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12
  Dead as a herring.
            —Samuel Butler
  13
  Dede as stoon.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  14
  Dead as Scrooge’s partner.
            —Henry A. Clapp
  15
  Dead as Julius Cæsar.
            —Joseph Conrad
  16
  Dead as Pharaoh.
            —Charles Dickens
  17
  Dead as a salmon in a fishmonger’s basket.
            —George Farquhar
  18
  Dead as charity.
            —Nathaniel Field
  19
  Dead as a perished delight.
            —Josiah Gilbert Holland
  20
Dead as the bulrushes round little Moses,
On the old banks of the Nile.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  21
  Dead to sounds, as a ship out of soundings.
            —Thomas Hood
  22
  Dead as bricks.
            —Thomas Hood
  23
  More dead than Morpheus’ imaginings.
            —John Keats
  24
  Ded as a dore-nayle.
            —William Langland
  25
  Ded as dore-tree.
            —William Langland
  26
                Lies dead,
As a corse on the sea-shore, whose spirit has fled.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  27
  Dead as last year’s clothes in a fashionable fine lady’s wardrobe.
            —George Meredith
  28
The Dead are like the stars by day;
  Withdrawn from mortal eye,
But not extinct, they hold their way
  In glory through the sky.
            —James Montgomery
  29
  Dead as wood.
            —Lewis Morris
  30
  Dead as desire in the dead.
            —Sydney Munden
  31
  Dead as mutton.
            —Charles Reade
  32
  Dead as a dog that lieth in a ditch.
            —Samuel Rowlands
  33
  Dead as earth.
            —William Shakespeare
  34
Death lies on her, like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
            —William Shakespeare
  35
  Dead as night when stars wax dim.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  36
Dead as dreams of days that were
Before the new-born world lay bare
In heaven’s wide eye.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37
  Dead as the carver’s figured throng.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  38
  Dead as the dawn’s grey dew
At high midnoon of the mounting day that mocks the might of the dawn it slew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  39
  Dead as yesterday.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  40
  As dead and sapless as last month’s leaves.
            —Sir Henry Taylor
  41
  Dead as dreams.
            —William Watson
  42
  Dead as smelts.
            —Daniel Webster
  43
  Dead as the ropes of roses on St. James street.
            —Israel Zangwill
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