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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Fell flat as a damp squib.
  Flat as a pricked bladder.
  Flat as your hand.
  Flat as the beaten coin.
            —Romance of Antar
  Flat as a flounder.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Lay flat like an anvil’s face.
            —Robert Browning
  Flat as a gravestone.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Flat and bare as Hebrew verse of Bishop Hare.
            —John Byrom
  Flat as a fillet of sole.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  Flat as a juryman.
            —Charles Dickens
  Flat as a flail.
            —Bret Harte
  As flat as a pancake.
            —Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754)
  Flat as a rose that has long been pressed.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  As flat as Æschylus in Bohn’s translation.
            —Victor Hugo
  Flat as a willow-pattern plate.
            —Victor Hugo
  Flat as an excuse.
            —Sydney Munden
  Flat as the fens of Holland.
            —Sir Walter Scott
As dead sands be at utmost ebb that drink
The drainèd salt o’ the sea.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne

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