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


Deaf as a post.

As deaf as a beetle.

As deaf as a white cat.

Deaf as a door.
—Nicholas Breton

Deaf as any tradesman’s dummy.
—Thomas Hood

Deaf as a nail—that you cannot hammer a meaning into.
—Thomas Hood

She was deaf as a nut—for nuts, no doubt,
Are deaf to the grub that’s hollowing out.
—Thomas Hood

Deaf as a stone—say one of the stones
Demosthenes sucked to improve his tones;
And surely deafness no further could reach
Than to be in his mouth without hearing his speech.
—Thomas Hood

Deaf as bricks.
—Thomas Hood

Deaf as God and Magog.
—Thomas Hood

Deaf as Pharaoh’s mother’s mother’s mummy.
—Thomas Hood

As deaf, alas! as the dead and forgotten—
(Gray has noticed the waste of breath,
In addressing the “dull, cold ear of death”).Thomas Hood

Deaf as the still-born figures of Madame Tussaud,
With their eyes of glass, and their hair of flax,
That only stare whatever you “ax,”
For their ears, you know, are nothing but wax.
—Thomas Hood

Deafe as an adder.
—Ben Jonson

Deaf as winds when seamen pray.

Deaf as the billows.

As deaf as Ailsa Craig.
—Scottish Proverb

Deaf as the sea.
—William Shakespeare

Deaf as a shad.
—Sam Slick

Deaf as fire.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

More deaf than trees.
—Edmund Waller