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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Fly
 
            Each mysterious form,
Flew like the pictures of a morning dream.
            —Mark Akenside
  1
  Flew along like a bird in a tempest.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Flies like antic shapes in dreams.
            —Anonymous
  3
  His arms flew like a windmill.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Flying, like blown flame.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Flies like chaff wide scattered by the wind.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Flew like feathered Mercury.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Flew like granado.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Words flew out of his mouth as shot out of a gatling gun.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Flew like a cloth-yard shaft from a bended yew.
            —Richard Harris Barham
  10
  Fly, like a yelping Cur with a Bottle at his Tail.
            —Colley Cibber
  11
  Fly as the leaves before the autumn tempest.
            —Colley Cibber
  12
  Fly as a bird on the wings of Night.
            —Arabian Nights
  13
  Fly like … the northern wind.
            —Francis Beaumont
  14
  Fly, like a full sail.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  15
  Fly like chaff before the wind.
            —James Boswell
  16
  Flying … like scatterings of dead leaves in autumn-gusts.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  17
            Flew, as if he knew
A frenzied wretch was on his back.
            —Eliza Cook
  18
  Fly as from the plague.
            —John Davies
  19
  Flies like a feather in the blast.
            —Joseph Rodman Drake
  20
  Away like a glance of thought he flew.
            —Joseph Rodman Drake
  21
  Flies like the nimble journeys of the light.
            —John Dryden
  22
  Fly like doves that the exalted eagle spies.
            —Richard Duke
  23
  Friends have flown, like leaves whirled away by the blast.
            —Mrs. E. Forrester
  24
        A headlong crowd is flying
Like a billow that has broken and is shivered into spray.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  25
                Fly
Like the cannons that burst on the Fourth of July.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  26
  Flew as in a dream.
            —Victor Hugo
  27
                Sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  28
  Flies like a bird unfettered from her cage.
            —Maria Lowell
  29
  Flew like sparks in burnt up paper.
            —James Russell Lowell
  30
  Fly as fast as Iris or Jove’s Mercury.
            —Christopher Marlowe
  31
  Fly as fast as the hare from the horn.
            —Brian Melbancke
  32
                Flown
Like a smoke melted thinner than air,
That the vacancy doth disown.
            —George Meredith
  33
  Flew around like the spray on a storm-driven deck.
            —Joaquin Miller
  34
  Flown, like morning clouds, a thousand ways.
            —James Montgomery
  35
  All flew like the down of a thistle.
            —Clement. C. Moore
  36
  Swiftly flew as glancing flame.
            —Thomas Moore
  37
  Flown are the days with their winged delights, as the odor is gone from the summer.
            —Louise Chandler Moulton
  38
  Flew like the swift and dazzling flight of gold-winged orioles.
            —Ouida
  39
As before the pike will fly
Dace and roach and such small fry;
As the leaf before the gale,
As the chaff beneath the flail,
As before the wolf the flocks,
As before the hounds the fox;
As before the cat the mouse,
As the rat from falling house;
As the fiend before the spell
Of holy water, book, and bell;
As the ghost from dawning day.
            —Thomas L. Peacock
  40
Some fly, like pendulums, from good to evil,
And in that point are madder than the devil.
            —Christopher Pitt
  41
  He flies like a dog that has burnt his paw.
            —Osmanli Proverb
  42
  Flew as the spirit flies from the dead.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  43
  Fly like eagles which pursue their prey.
            —George Sandys
  44
  Flew at him, like the young hero Siegfried when he attacked the wild, long-bearded dwarf Alberich.
            —Joseph V. von Scheffel
  45
  Flown like the light clouds of a Summer’s day.
            —John Scott
  46
  Fly, like mist before the zephyr’s sigh.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  47
  Fly like chidden Mercury from Jove.
            —William Shakespeare
  48
  Like falcon to the lure, away she flies.
            —William Shakespeare
  49
  Fly like thought.
            —William Shakespeare
  50
Like soldiers, when their captain once doth yield,
They basely fly.
            —William Shakespeare
  51
Like a flock of rooks at a farmer’s gun
Night’s dreams and terrors, every one,
Fled from the brains which are their prey.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  52
  Flew like the wind.
            —John Skelton
  53
  Flew at him like an hellish fiend.
            —Edmund Spenser
  54
  Flew like a wyld gote.
            —Edmund Spenser
  55
  Fly, like scattered sheepe.
            —Edmund Spenser
  56
  Flew away as lightly as the wind.
            —Edmund Spenser
  57
  Flying fast as roebucke through the fen.
            —Edmund Spenser
  58
  Flie, as leapes the deere fled from the hunter’s face.
            —Earl of Stirling
  59
  Fly as if the devil drove.
            —Jonathan Swift
  60
  Flown as flies the blown foam’s feather.
            —Jonathan Swift
  61
  Fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
            —Jonathan Swift
  62
  Fly away as a dream.
            —Jonathan Swift
  63
  Flew like a blossom blown about.
            —Walter Thornbury
  64
                Flown,
Like birds from the nest when their wings have grown.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  65
                Fly,
Like doves before the gathering storm.
            —George Sylvester Viereck
  66
                Flown,
Like the morning-glory’s cup.
            —Amelia B. Welby
  67
  Fly like flower-seeds on the breeze.
            —N. P. Willis
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