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


Full as a goat.

As full as a toad is of poison.

Full of airs as a music box.

Full of angles as the book of Euclid.

As full of blunders as a successful career.

Full of events as a dime novel.

Full of poetry as a lily is of dew.

Full of royalty as a pack of cards.

Full of terror as a tragedy of Sophocles.

Full of maggots as a pastoral poet’s flock.
—Samuel Butler

Full as the hyve is of honey.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Full of company as a jail.
—Thomas Dekker

Full as a bee with thyme.
—Robert Herrick

Full of life as a multitude.
—Victor Hugo

Chock full of noble sentiments as a bladder is of wind.
—Jerome K. Jerome

Full as a piper’s bag.
—Ben Jonson

Full of noise as a mill.
—Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)

Full of life and light and sweetness
As a summer day’s completeness.
—James Russell Lowell

Full of fragrant love as May’s musk-roses are of morning’s wine.
—Gerald Massey

Full of folds as a sleeping boa-constrictor.
—William Mathews

Full of passion as a tiger.
—Brander Matthews

Full as a tick.
—John Ray (Handbook of Proverbs, 1670)

As fu’ as a biled wulk.
—Scottish Proverb

As fu’ as a piper.
—Scottish Proverb

As fu’ as the Baltic.
—Scottish Proverb

Full as a plenteous river.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

As full of labour as a wise man’s art.
—William Shakespeare

Full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.
—William Shakespeare

Full of spirit as the month of May.
—William Shakespeare

As full of sorrows as the seas of sands.
—William Shakespeare

Full as a cup with the vine’s burning dew.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

As full of wisdom as a cheese of mites.
—Edmund Spenser

Full as a feaster’s hand
Fills full with bloom of bland
Bright wine his cup.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
—Old Testament

Full as the summer rose.
—James Thomson