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


Rich as flakes of virgin gold.

Rich as Golconda.

Rich as lords.

Rich as mud.

Rich as the mint.

Rich in invisible treasures, like a bud of unborn sweets, and thick about the heart with ripe and rosy beauty.
—Philip James Bailey

Rich as Crœsus.
—Robert Burton

Rich as Stamboul’s diadem.
—Lord Byron

Rich and as red as the mellowing blushes of maiden of eighteen.
—Luiz Vaz de Camoëns

Richer than Ormuz bazaars.
—Thomas Carlyle

Rich and ripe as Autumn’s store.
—Hartley Coleridge

Rich as Pluto.
—George Colman, the Younger

Rich as Chaucer’s speech.
—Sydney Dobell

Rich as love.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rich as the merchant ships that crowd the strand.
—Francis Fawkes

As feathers do lift up, and carry high, the foules and birds of the aire: So the riches and dignities of this world, are wont to extol and carry men, into the air and clouds of vanitie.
—Anthonie Fletcher (Certain Very Proper and Profitable Similes, 1595)

Rich as a platter of gravy.
—Sewell Ford

Rich as newshorn sheep.
—John Heywood

Rich as the rose’s dye.
—Mrs. Richmond Inglis

Rich as a Millais in its tint and tone.
—Gerald Massey

Rich as a rose can be.
—Joaquin Miller

A wise rich man is like the backe or stocke of the chimney, and his wealth the fire; he receives it not for his own need, but to reflect the heat to others’ good.
—Sir Thomas Overbury

Rich as an alum seller.
—Osmanli Proverb

Rich as Job.
—François Rabelais

As rich with unconscious art as the first song birds of May.
—James Whitcomb Riley

Rich as the robes of heaven.
—John G. Saxe

And I as rich in having such a jewel,
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
—William Shakespeare

Rich …
As is the ooze and bottom of the sea,
With sunken wrack and sumless treasuries.
—William Shakespeare

Rich as Emperor-moths.
—Alfred Tennyson

Rich as for the nuptials of a king.
—Alfred Tennyson

Rich as the pillars which support the sky.
—William Thomson