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


Frets like gumm’d taffety.

Fretting as fire frets.
—Robert Browning

Fret as in a cage.
—Frederick William Faber

Like a pupil of Walton and Cotton,
Who remains by the brink of the water, agape,
While the jack, trout, or barbel effects its escape
Thro’ the gut or silk line being rotten.
—Thomas Hood

Fretting like a wild horse struggling to escape.
—Victor Hugo

Frets like a gummed velvet.
—William Shakespeare