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


Difference between a bent copper farthing and a nugget of gold.

Difference between a Greek temple and a bird-cage, the solemn sea and a street puddle.

The difference between having a woman at your side and on your side.

Difference between tweedle dum and tweedle dee.

The difference of savour ’twixt vinegar and wine.
—Arabian Nights

Difference between … the ideal priest who is everlastingly by some one’s bed and the real priest who is as glad as any one else to get to his own.
—Gilbert K. Chesterton

Difference between the race-horse and the Shetland pony, the bantam and the Shanghai fowl, the greyhound and the poodle dog.
—John W. Draper

As much difference as between an organ and a bagpipe.
—Walter Savage Landor

As much difference between them as between a horse chestnut and a chestnut horse.
—Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)

As much difference as there is between beautie and vertue, bodies and shadowes, colors and life—so great odds is there between love and friendship.
—John Lyly

Difference between a sonata of Beethoven and the Battle Cry of Freedom, between a gravestone-cutter’s cherub and the masterpieces of Raphael.
—William Mathews

The difference between a Sunday newspaper supplement on the monkeys in the Bronx Zoo and the Darwinian Theory.
—George Jean Nathan

The difference is as great as that between an elephant and a mosquito.
—Tamil Proverb

Difference … between jet and ivory.
—William Shakespeare