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


Cold as loveless duty done.
—Mary Louisa Anderson

Cold as a dog’s nose.

Cold as a frog.

Cold as a hot-water bag in the morning.

Cold as an enthusiastic New England audience.

Cold as a ramrod.

Cold as a tomb.

Cold as Greenland’s icy mountains.

Cold as charity.

Cold as iron.

Cold as the heart of a courtesan.

Cold as the grave.
—Matthew Arnold

Icy cold as a crypt.
—Honoré de Balzac

Tears as cold as the stones on which sorrowing hearts had caused to be carved their regrets.
—Honoré de Balzac

Cold as the north side of a January gravestone by moonlight.
—J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms

As cold as cucumbers.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

Cold … As a young nun the day she is envested.
—Aphra Behn

Cold like a corpse.
—Charlotte Brontë

Cold … as graveyard stones from which the lichen’s scraped.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Cold as the rocks of Torneo’s hoary brow.
—Thomas Campbell

As colde as eny froste.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Colde as ston.
—Thomas Campbell

Cold as the ice on northern sea.
—Ella D. Clymer

Cold as clay.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Cold as a turtle.
—Richard Cumberland

Cauld as the drifting snow.
—Allan Cunningham

Cauld as the marble stone.
—Allan Cunningham

Cold as the clod.
—Aubrey De Vere

Cold as one who waits for burial mould.
—Julia C. R. Dorr

Cold as a leaf long pillowed on a stone.
—Arthur D. Fiske

Cold as the coiling water-snake.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cold, just like a summer grate.
—Thomas Hood

Cold as salt.
—James Huneker

Cold as the mountain stream.
—Mrs. Richmond Inglis

Cold as a bubbling well.
—John Keats

Cold as a skeleton.
—Amy Leslie

Cold as the breath of winds that blow
To silver shot descending snow.
—Richard Lovelace

As cold as an earthworm.
—Maurice Maeterlinck

Cold as the night-dews on the world.
—Gerald Massey

Cold as a fireless hearth.
—Gerald Massey

Cold as a fish.
—George Meredith

Cold as a mountain in its star-pitched tent.
—George Meredith

Cold as Death’s chill hand.
—William J. Mickle

Cold as the snows of Rhodope.
—Hannah More

Cold as a dead maid’s cheek.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Cold as the Cloyster’d Nun.
—The Muses Recreation, 1656

Cold as marble.

Cold as Diana’s Crescent.
—Jane Porter

Cold as the world’s heart.
—Charles Reade

Cold as when death’s foot shall pass.
—Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Cold as a dead man’s nose.
—William Shakespeare

Cold as a snowball.
—William Shakespeare

My belly is as cold as if I had swallowed snowballs for pills to cool the veins.
—William Shakespeare

Cold as dew to drooping leaves.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cold, like a frozen chaos.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cold as blight of dew.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Cold as … dawn.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Cold as the cast-off garb that is cold as clay.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Grew cold as a winter wave
In the wind from a wide-mouthed grave,
As a gulf wide open to swallow
The light that the world held dear.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Cold as fears.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Cold as rains in autumn.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Cold as winter’s sky.
—John Aaddington Symonds

Cold as the moon.
—John B. Tabb

As the night-mists … cold.
—Bayard Taylor

Cold, like a star.
—William Watson

Cold as the rank and wasting weeds, which lie in the pool’s dark bed.
—John Greenleaf Whittier