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


Linger in the memory like the silvery embellishments of a great singer.

Lingers like an old faith.

Lingered … like innocent birds loath to be gone from the spot where their nest has been.
—J. M. Barrie

The soft memory of her virtues … lingers like twilight hues.
—William Cullen Bryant

Linger there,
Like hopeless love without despair.
—Rufus Dawes

Lingering about like a bailiff.
—Charles Dickens

I am lingering yet, as sometimes in the blaze of day
A milk-and-watery moon
Stains with its dim and fading ray
The lustrous blue of noon.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ling’ring now,
Like the last of the leaves left on Autumn’s sere and faded bow.
—Thomas Moore

Lingered in the air like dying rolls of abrupt thunder.
—Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

She lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame, or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man’s revenue.
—William Shakespeare

Lingering like an unloved guest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lingering a minute, like outcast spirits, who wait, and see, through the heaven’s gate, angels within it.
—William Makepeace Thackeray