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

Henry L. Mencken

Ferocious as a bogus archangel full of cocaine.

About as sincere as the look upon the face of an undertaker conducting a nine-hundred dollar funeral.

Swore like a preacher’s son.

Swears like a printing-office foreman and yearns for close quarters with a knife.