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

Horace Smith

Like a rope-maker’s were his ways, for still one line upon another he spun, and, like his hempen brother, kept going backwards all his days.

A coquette may be compared to tinder, which lays itself out to catch sparks, but does not always succeed in lighting up a match.

With angry bottle nose,
Like a red cabbage rose.

As sure as any gun.

As sure as wax-candles have wicks.

Poor Mugno! there he welters, like a toast at bottom of a tankard!

His face grew yellow as gamboge.