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


As sharp as a razor.

Sharp as a steel trap.

Sharp as a tiger’s tooth.

As sharp as if he lived on Tewksbury mustard.

Sharp as the bristles of a hedgehog.

Sharp as the tooth of time.

Sharp as vinegar.

Sharp, like the shrill swallow’s cry.

So sharp that you could shave a sleeping mouse without waking her.

Sharp as the little end of nothing.
—J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms

Sharp, like the crack of a pistol.
—R. D. Blackmore

A pang as sharp as ever wrenched confession from the lips of a prisoner in the cells of the Inquisition.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Like the prick of a needle, duly sharp.
—Thomas Carlyle

Sharpe as brere.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Sharp as the gore-soaked lashes
Of men’s whips.
—Eliza Cook

Sharp as a winter’s morning.
—Richard Corbet

Sharp-sighted as a hawk.
—Richard Cumberland

Sharp like the claws of ravening beasts.
—John Fox

Sharp as the bee-sting.
—James Grainger

Sharp like a quince.
—William Hazlitt

Sharp as a handsaw.
—John Heywood

Sharp as her needle.
—John Heywood

Sharp as a beak.
—Victor Hugo

Sharp as truth.
—Victor Hugo

Sharp as frost.
—Eric Mackay

Sharp as a sickle is the edge of shade and shine.
—George Meredith

Sharp as the enchanter’s sword.
—George Meredith

Sharp as a ferret at a field-rat’s hole.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Sharp as a sword drawn from a shuddering wound.
—Alfred Noyes

Sharp as thistles are.

Short and sharp, like a donkey’s gallop.
—Samuel Pegge

Sharp as javelins.
—John Ruskin

Sharp as dirk rammed down in its sheath.
—Duncan. C. Scott

Sharp as my needle.
—William Shakespeare

More sharp than filed steel.
—William Shakespeare

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
—William Shakespeare

Nose was as sharp as a pen.
—William Shakespeare

Sharp as his spur.
—William Shakespeare

Sharp as a bayonet.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sharp as tenterhooks.
—John Skelton

Sharp as … oyster strumpet.
—Jonathan Swift

Sharp as the north sets when the snows are out.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

More sharp than is the naked side of war.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sharp as a terrier.
—Tom Taylor

Sharp as reproach.
—Alfred Tennyson

Sharp as a two-edged sword.
—Old Testament

Sharper than a thorn.
—Old Testament

Sharp as a thistle.
—Towneley Mysteries, or Miracle Plays