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


Scatters them like a shot in a preserve.

Scattered like the bones of dead bodies torn from one another by wolves after the battle.

Scattered like chaff before the wind.

Scattered like a flock.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Scattered with as little premeditation as the birds scattered their songs.
—Bliss Carman

The people I love most are scattered as the sands of the dry river beds fly before the fall hurricane.
—James Fenimore Cooper

Scattered like foam along the wave.
—George Croly

Like the Jews, scattered.
—Thomas Dekker

Scattered like mown and withered grass.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Scatter like smoke.
—Maurice Hewlett

Scattered all along, like emptied seashells on the sand.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Scattered …
As leaves when wild winds blow.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

She scatters the spray as the chaff in the stroke of the flail.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Scattered like a mad sea.
—Alphonse M. L. Lamartine

Scattering drops like beads of wampum.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Scattered were they, like flakes of snow.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Scattered wide
Like silt and seaweed by the force and fluctuations of the tide.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Scattered, like treasures of the lost Hesperides.
—Adelaide A. Procter

Scatter … as if they had been balloons in a wind.
—George Meredith

Scattered … like loose spray before the wind.
—George Meredith

They scattered like a brood of partridges.
—Osmanli Proverb

Scattering, like hope through fear.
—Richard Savage

Scattered like foam on the torrent.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Like a glow-worm golden
In a dell of dew,
Scattering unbeholden
Its aërial hue
Among the flowers and grass, which screen it from the view.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Scattered, like a cloud of summer dust.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Like sheep from the wolf, scattering.
—Robert Southey

Scattered them as crows.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Scatter as wild swans parting adrift on the wan green waste.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Scatters as leaves blown down the wind.
—Arthur Symons

Scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
—New Testament

Scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
—Old Testament

Scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.
—Old Testament

Scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd.
—Old Testament

Scatter like quicksilver.
—John Webster

Scattered like dust before the storm.
—Ludwig Uhland

Scattered … like chaff before the winnower’s fan.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Scattered like the chaff blown from the threshing-floor of God.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Scattering, like birds escaped the fowler’s net.
—William Wordsworth