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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Fast
 
  Fast as a jack rabbit in front of a prairie fire.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Fast as a dog will lick a dish.
            —Anonymous
  2
  As fast as the foam-flakes drift on the river.
            —Anonymous
  3
  As fast as a fisher could let out line.
            —J. M. Barrie
  4
  Fast as Time’s swift pinions can convey.
            —Samuel Boyse
  5
  Fast as the streaming rain.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  6
  Gulp it down as fast as a Neapolitan beggar does a plateful of free scalding-hot macaroni.
            —Henry T. Finck
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  Served as fast as you throw the five baseballs at the colored gentleman’s head.
            —O. Henry
  8
                Our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And as a vapour, or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again.
            —Robert Herrick
  9
Fast as the rolling seasons bring
The hour of fate to those we love.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  10
  Fast as light.
            —Victor Hugo
  11
  Fast as a horse can trot.
            —Ben Jonson
  12
Spend vows as fast as vapors, which go off
Even with the fumes.
            —Charles Lamb
  13
  Fast as windy flames devour.
            —George Meredith
  14
  Fading fast as rainbows.
            —Thomas Moore
  15
  Held her fast, mercilessly, as a snake holds a little bird.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  16
  Fast as a dog can trot.
            —François Rabelais
  17
  Fast as the magnet flies.
            —Edmond Rostand
  18
  As fast as the simoon’s desert wind.
            —Friedrich Rückert
  19
  Fast as an eagle through the air.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  20
                Fast
As lagging fowls before the northern blast.
            —William Shakespeare
  21
  Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
            —William Shakespeare
  22
  Entrap the hearts of men, faster than gnats in cobwebs.
            —William Shakespeare
  23
  Faster than thought or time.
            —William Shakespeare
  24
  Fast as autumn days toward winter.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25
  Fast as fire on earth devours.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26
  Fast as the gin’s grip of a wayfarer.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27
  Fast as warriors grip their brands when battle’s bolt is hurled.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28
  Made fast as with anchors to land.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  29
  Fast in bondage as herded beasts.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  30
  Fast as storm could speed.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  31
  Faster than dolphins do o’ershoot the tide, cours’d by the yawning shark.
            —Charles J. Wells
  32
Fast as a musician scatters sound
Out of an instrument.
            —William Wordsworth
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