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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.

Anton Chekhov

Absurd as if you took a divorce petition to a chemist’s.

Blink my eyes like a whacked donkey.

The earth, like a fallen woman sitting in her dark chamber and trying to forget the past, seemed tormented with remembrances of the spring and summer, and waited in apathy the inexorable winter.

Hideous as a skeleton.

Ugly as a worn-out cabhorse.

Useless extra, like a sixth finger.

Hungry as the winter.