Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Spread out like a circus parade.
Spreads like an inflammation.
Spreads like ivy.
Spreads like gossip.
Spreads like honeysuckle in Virginia.
Spreads like a lie.
Spread like a rushing torrent.
Spreads like measles in a country school.
Spread like a drop of oil on a pool.
Spread like a cinder shower from Vesuvius.
Spreads … like the great voice of the sea.
—Honoré de Balzac
Spread like fingers.
—R. D. Blackmore
Spreads like fire.
Spreading his hands and all of his fingers, like the threads of a spider’s web.
Spread like wild-geese.
The conflagration spread like a flaming garland.
—René de François Chateaubriand
Spread like fire among stubble.
Spreads like a memory.
Spread like fog.
An innumerable crowd spread like a black robe over the shore.
Roots … spreading like huge creeping snakes over the surface of the evil.
—Ernst H. Haeckel
Spread, like distant morning in the skies.
Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains.
—Madame de Lespinasse
The fancy of this exclusion spread immediately, like a gangrene, over the whole body of the monarchy.
—Sir Roger L’Estrange
Spreads like a snow-ball.
—William J. Locke
Spread like an ocean.
Spreading like a mighty flock of sheep.
Spread out, wide as the width of mind.
Spreads like a surface.
Spread like wildfire.
Spread like a contagion.
—Mrs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
As the delicate rose
To the sun’s sweet strength
Doth herself unclose,
Breadth and length;
So spreads my heart to thee.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti
Silence spread … like water that a pebble stirs.
—Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Spreads like scandal after a sewing bee.
Spread like evil ulcers.
Spread like a quenchless fire.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like radiance from the cloud-surrounded morn.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spreads, like the round ocean, girdled with the sky.
Her rich locks spread like sunbeams on the wind.
Spread … abroad as the four winds of heaven.
As the valleys are they spread forth.
Spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Spread like a halo round a misty moon.
Spread like a sea.
Spread like plagues.
Spread like day.
The slaughter spread like flame.