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


Fast as a jack rabbit in front of a prairie fire.

Fast as a dog will lick a dish.

As fast as the foam-flakes drift on the river.

As fast as a fisher could let out line.
—J. M. Barrie

Fast as Time’s swift pinions can convey.
—Samuel Boyse

Fast as the streaming rain.
—Thomas Chatterton

Gulp it down as fast as a Neapolitan beggar does a plateful of free scalding-hot macaroni.
—Henry T. Finck

Served as fast as you throw the five baseballs at the colored gentleman’s head.
—O. Henry

Our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And as a vapour, or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again.
—Robert Herrick

Fast as the rolling seasons bring
The hour of fate to those we love.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fast as light.
—Victor Hugo

Fast as a horse can trot.
—Ben Jonson

Spend vows as fast as vapors, which go off
Even with the fumes.
—Charles Lamb

Fast as windy flames devour.
—George Meredith

Fading fast as rainbows.
—Thomas Moore

Held her fast, mercilessly, as a snake holds a little bird.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Fast as a dog can trot.
—François Rabelais

Fast as the magnet flies.
—Edmond Rostand

As fast as the simoon’s desert wind.
—Friedrich Rückert

Fast as an eagle through the air.
—Friedrich von Schiller

As lagging fowls before the northern blast.
—William Shakespeare

Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
—William Shakespeare

Entrap the hearts of men, faster than gnats in cobwebs.
—William Shakespeare

Faster than thought or time.
—William Shakespeare

Fast as autumn days toward winter.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fast as fire on earth devours.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fast as the gin’s grip of a wayfarer.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fast as warriors grip their brands when battle’s bolt is hurled.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Made fast as with anchors to land.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fast in bondage as herded beasts.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fast as storm could speed.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Faster than dolphins do o’ershoot the tide, cours’d by the yawning shark.
—Charles J. Wells

Fast as a musician scatters sound
Out of an instrument.
—William Wordsworth