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


Plain as A. B. C. Anonymous

Plain as a hat on a rack.

Plain as a steeple.

Plain as a pack-saddle.

Plain as the shepherd nymph in russet weeds.

Plain as two and two make four.

Plain as your own miniken-breeches.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

As plain as noon-day.
—George H. Boker

She dresses as plain as the lily that modestly grows in the valley.
—Patrick Brontë

Plain as truth.
—George Chapman

Plain as a demonstration in Euclid.
—George Colman, the Younger

Her dress was as plain as an umbrella cover.
—Joseph Conrad

Plain as plainness.
—John Davies

As plain to everybody as the sun.
—Charles Dickens

As plain as water’s water.
—George Eliot

Plain as a pikestaff.
—Samuel Foote

Plain as a dropped egg on a plate of hash.
—Sewell Ford

Plain as the way to market.
—Benjamin Franklin

Plain as the sunlight.
—James Anthony Froude

As plain as the moral law.
—Bret Harte

Plain as the man with lantern.
—Thomas Hood

Plain as whisper in the ear.
—Thomas Hood

Plain as the record on the prophet’s scroll.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

As plain as a hole in a grindstone.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

As plain as the round shield of the sun blazing on high.
—James Huneker

Plain as print.
—Samuel Lover

Plaine … as the high way.
—John Lyly

Plain as the sun in heaven.
—Thomas Babington Macaulay

Plain … as a rudimentary sum in arithmetic.
—George Meredith

Plain as the light in the sun or as the man in the moon.
—Thomas Otway

Plain as a nose in a man’s face.
—François Rabelais

Plain as the plain bald pate of Father Time himself.
—William Shakespeare

Plain as way to parish church.
—William Shakespeare

Plain and smooth like a Quaker’s meeting.
—James Smith

Plain as the sun at noonday.
—Laurence Sterne

Plain as the glistening planets shine when winds have cleared the skies.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Plain as a weed.
—Bayard Taylor