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

Smile (Verb)

She smiled as though somebody were talking to her inside.
—Marguerite Audoux

Like the wine and roses, smiles.

Smiling like a star on the darkest night.

Smiles like a sweet June rose.

Smiling triumphantly the while like one who had discovered a cure for duty.
—J. M. Barrie

Smiling as a basket of chips.
—J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms

Smile like a cherub.
—William Blake

Smiled like a siren.
—William Blake

Smiled like the flowers of Eden.
—Patrick Brontë

Smiled like Italy.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Smiling like a fiend who has deceived God.
—Robert Browning

Smile, as infants at a sudden light.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Smiling, like a sickly moralist.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Smiling like a child in the grass, dreaming deep of the flowers, and their golden beguiling.
—Isa Craig

Smiles like clockwork.
—Charles Dickens

The singer smiled, as doubtless Orpheus smiled, to see the animals both great and small, the mountainous elephant and the scampering mouse, held by the ears in decent audience.
—George Eliot

Smiling free as a rose in summer air.
—Dora Greenwall

Smiling like a cherry.
—Thomas Heywood

Smiling like a new-blown flower.
—Richard Hengist Horne

Faint-smiling like a star
Through autumn mists.
—John Keats

Smiled like a paradise.
—Gerald Massey

Smiled with superior love, as Jupiter
On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds
That shed May flowers.
—John Milton

Smiling like heaven.
—William Morris

Smile, like the sun in his glory on the bud.
—Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Smiles like a May morning.
—Allan Ramsay

Smile like summer after snow.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Smiled, as all the world were his.
—Thomas Sackville

Smiling, as some fly had tickled slumber,
Not as death’s dart, being laughed at.
—William Shakespeare

Smiling as smiles the fowler when flutters the bird to the gin.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Smile like an Oil Trust.
—New York Sun

Smiled as dawn on the spirit of man.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Smiled as one living even on craft and hate.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Smiling dim
As the smile on a lip still fearful.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

As though the spirit and sense unreconciled
Sank laughing back, and would not ere its hour
Let life put forth the irrevocable flower.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Smiled … like song’s triumphant breath.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Smiling, like a star in the blackest night.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Smiling as a master at one
That is not of his school, nor any school
But that where blind and naked Ignorance
Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed.
—Alfred Tennyson

Smiling … like beauty waking from a happy dream.
—John Wilson