Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Cling around the soul, as the sky clings round the mute earth forever beautiful.
Clinging … as ivy clings about an oak; as tuft-hunters with buzz and purr about a fellow-commoner.
Cling like a forlorn hope.
Clinging like a wet towel to a nail.
Cling like moss to a damp wall.
Clung … like a damp dish-cloth around a stove pipe.
Clung like a drowning man.
Clings like the wicked stench of the harlot’s room.
Clung like a beast’s hide to his fleshless bones.
Clung to the merry music of her words, like a bird on a bough, high swaying in the wind.
—Philip James Bailey
Clings fast as the clinging vine.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Clings like an octopus.
Clinging … as friend with friend, or husband with wife,
Makes hand in hand the passage of life.
—William Cullen Bryant
Cling like Death’s embrace.
—H. C. Bunner
Cling like Ivy.
Clung like a cuirass to his breast.
Clinging like a faint odor.
—Henry A. Clapp
Cling to the memory as tenaciously as the fragrance of lavender clings to glove or lace.
—Henry A. Clapp
Clung to the soil like Caliban.
Cling to the old house as barnacles to a wrecked and stranded vessel.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Clinging … like pigeons on a roof-slope.
Clung … like ivy to a tree.
Cling … like the spokes of a wheel.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
Clings … like the weed in the face of the cliff.
Clings cruelly to us, like the gnawing sloth
On the deer’s tender haunches.
Cling like the sloth.
Clings about thee close, like moss to stones.
—Walter S. Landor
Cling, like bees about a flower’s wine-cup.
Like flies to the sheer precipice.
Clung like a spectral snow.
—John G. Neihardt
Clung … like magnet to steel.
—T. Buchanan Read
Clung like drowning men beneath the wave.
Like serpent eggs together.
Her kisses burn where they close and cling
Like pain of longing or fire of hell.
—George Sylvester Viereck
Clinging like sentry to his post.
Clings … like pitch.
Cling, as clings the tufted moss,
To bear the winter’s lightning chills.
—John Greenleaf Whittier