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

H. G. Wells

Bare as a school-boy’s diary.

Jerky like a clockwork snake.

Lax like cut string.

Necessary … as the gargoyle on the spire and the high altar are necessary parts of a Gothic cathedral.

Obvious as the gloss upon a new silk hat.

Stared like a dead body.