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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 
  Active as an ape.  1
  Austere as so many weather-beaten ascetics from the desert.  2
  Black as a wolf’s mouth.  3
  Bursting like an overdone potato.  4
  Cling to the old house as barnacles to a wrecked and stranded vessel.  5
  Fits as a shell fits a crab.  6
  Forward like a fierce hound straining on a leash.  7
  Gleaming like shot silk in the sunshine.  8
  Healthy as a May hedge in bloom.  9
  Luminous as a panther’s skin.  10
  Panting like a spent hound.  11
  Puffy as a cheesecake.  12
  Silently as a fish in a stream.  13
  Swayed rhythmically in one direction like a wheatfield in a squall.  14
  Swiftly like a cloud scud on a breezy day.  15
  The air was as thick as the main deck in a close-fought action.  16
  Vanish … as easily as an eel into sand.  17
 
 
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