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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Deaf
 
  Deaf as a post.
            —Anonymous
  1
  As deaf as a beetle.
            —Anonymous
  2
  As deaf as a white cat.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Deaf as a door.
            —Nicholas Breton
  4
  Deaf as any tradesman’s dummy.
            —Thomas Hood
  5
  Deaf as a nail—that you cannot hammer a meaning into.
            —Thomas Hood
  6
She was deaf as a nut—for nuts, no doubt,
Are deaf to the grub that’s hollowing out.
            —Thomas Hood
  7
Deaf as a stone—say one of the stones
Demosthenes sucked to improve his tones;
And surely deafness no further could reach
Than to be in his mouth without hearing his speech.
            —Thomas Hood
  8
  Deaf as bricks.
            —Thomas Hood
  9
  Deaf as God and Magog.
            —Thomas Hood
  10
  Deaf as Pharaoh’s mother’s mother’s mummy.
            —Thomas Hood
  11
As deaf, alas! as the dead and forgotten—
(Gray has noticed the waste of breath,
In addressing the “dull, cold ear of death”).Thomas Hood
  12
Deaf as the still-born figures of Madame Tussaud,
With their eyes of glass, and their hair of flax,
That only stare whatever you “ax,”
For their ears, you know, are nothing but wax.
            —Thomas Hood
  13
  Deafe as an adder.
            —Ben Jonson
  14
  Deaf as winds when seamen pray.
            —Lee
  15
  Deaf as the billows.
            —Ovid
  16
  As deaf as Ailsa Craig.
            —Scottish Proverb
  17
  Deaf as the sea.
            —William Shakespeare
  18
  Deaf as a shad.
            —Sam Slick
  19
  Deaf as fire.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  20
  More deaf than trees.
            —Edmund Waller
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