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

Sam Slick

Deaf as a shad.

Dull as a bachelor beaver.

Dull as a boiled codfish.

Fun has no limits; it is like the human race and face; there is a family resemblance among all the species, but they all differ.

Hiss, like a goose with a flock of goslings.

Lonely as a catamount.

Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young.

Sure as God made Moses.

Sure as eggs is eggs.

Uncertain in her temper as a morning in April.

Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable.

Yelled like all-possessed.