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


Red as any rose in June.
—Cecil Frances Alexander

Red, like a cardinal.
—Leonid Andreyev

Red as a beet.

Red as a blister.

Red as a brick.

Red as a cherry.

Red as a coal.

Red as a danger signal.

Red as a hunter’s face.

Red as a petticoat.

Red as a red wagon.

Red as Roger’s nose, who was christened with pump water.

Red as asoka flowers.

Red as a turkey-cock.

Red as fields of heather on fire. Anonymous

Red as the fire of a pipe.

Red as the heather bell.

Glowed red, like the ishrik seeds, fresh fallen, unbroken, bright.

Red as a plum.
—R. D. Blackmore

Red as with wine out of season.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Face of him … red as that of the foggiest rising Moon.
—Thomas Carlyle

Red as the highest colour’d Gallic wine.
—Thomas Chatterton

Red as a fox.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Rede as blood.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Rede as rose.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

As doth where that men melte lede.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Reed as the bristles of a sowes erys.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Red as a tile.
—Daniel Defoe

Red as beetroot.
—Charles Dickens

Red as gore.
—Michael Field

Red as beef.
—Henry Fielding

Red as the sangaree.
—Richard Garnett

Red as deep as bull’s blood.
—Edward Gibbon

Red as the blood-drops from a wounded heart.
—Frank W. Gunsaulus

Red as coral.
—Anthony Hamilton

Dry red, like old blood.
—Maurice Hewlett

With hue as red as the rosy bed
Which a bee would choose to dream in.
—Charles Fenno Hoffman

Red as the beacon-light.
—James Hogg

Red as an angry sunset.
—Jean Ingelow

Red as the rose is red.
—Omar Khayyám

Red as slaughter.
—Rudyard Kipling

Red as the fire of a furnace.
—Alphonse M. L. Lamartine

Red as a beacon the wind has upblown.
—Sidney Lanier

Red as if he were going to choke.
—George MacDonald

Nose had got as red with passion as the protuberance of a turkey-cock when gobbling out its unutterable feelings of disdain.
—George MacDonald

Red as murder.
—George Meredith

Red as the British Army.
—George Meredith

Red as a dawn.
—Henry Morley

Red as a lobster.
—Thomas Nash

Red as Cupid’s bed of red rose-leaves shed on Mount Hymettus.
—Miles O’Reilly

Red as a mazer from an alder-tree.
—François Rabelais

Red as Mont Blanc at morning glows.
—T. Buchanan Read

Red … as the forge’s mouth.
—T. Buchanan Read

Red as from the broken heart.
—Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Red, like a ruby.
—John Ruskin

Red as fire.
—William Shakespeare

Red as Mars.
—William Shakespeare

Red as new-enkindled fire.
—William Shakespeare

Red as Titan’s face.
—William Shakespeare

Red, as it had drunk the evening beams.
—Robert Southey

Red did show like roses in a bed of lillies shed.
—Edmund Spenser

Red as dawn.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Red as hate.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Red as hot brows of shame.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Red as love or shame.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Lips red as morning’s rise.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Red as the rains of hell.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Red as a poppy.
—William Makepeace Thackeray

Red as mountain-ash berries.
—Zacharias Topélius

Red as the Baldinsville skoolhouse.
—Artemus Ward

Red as the reddest ruby.
—Theodore Watts-Dunton

Red as the banner which enshrouds
The warrior-dead when strife is done.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Red as the naked hand of doom.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Red as ruddy clover.
—William Wordsworth