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


Sure as monument of brass,
Their fame to future time shall pass.
—Arthur Acheson

Sure as a club.

Sure as a stone drops from the hand which lets it go.

Sure as birth and death.

Sure as day and night succeed each other.

Sure as eggs in April.

Sure as gravity.

As sure as Heaven.

Sure as God’s in heaven.

Sure as I’m standing here.

Sure as March in Lent.

Sure as needles point to the north.

Sure as Silas Wegg is to drop into poetry.

Sure as tares.

As sure as that bubbles are in the form of a hemisphere.

As sure as that wild goose never laid a tame egg.

As sure as that the world is turned upside down every twenty-four hours.

Sure as the coat’s on your back.

Sure as the foot of a mule.

Sure as the opportune arrival of the detective on the final curtain of a melodrama.

Sure as the sun shines.

Sure as the steeple bears the bell.

Sure as two and two make four.

Sure as water is water.

Sure as you’re alive.

Sure as shootin’.

As sure as eggs and bacon.

Sure as an obligation sealed in the butter.
—John Baret

Sure as a gun.
—J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms

Sure as wedlock.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

Sure as stars of hope.
—R. D. Blackmore

Sure as sunrise.
—R. D. Blackmore

Sure as you are there.
—John Bunyan

Sure as death.
—Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Sure as the wold gulls make seaward.
—Bliss Carman

Sure … as the witch-hazel towards treasure.
—George W. Curtis

Sure as a rock.
—John Davies

Sure as sun-up.
—Charles Dickens

Sure as the gospel.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Sure as roundness in the dewdrop.
—George Eliot

Sure as the devil’s in London.
—Henry Fielding

Sure as the fishes swim and birds do fly.
—Gerhart Hauptmann

Sure as a juggler’s box.
—William Carew Hazlitt (English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases)

Sure as Dover stands at Dover.
—Thomas Hood

Sure as a horse when he knows his rider.
—Richard Hovey

Sure as Time.
—Rudyard Kipling

Sure as the shaft that leaves the Parthian bow.

As sure as Heaven rained manna for the Jews.
—Christopher Marlowe

Sure as the date on a bill.
—George Meredith

Sure as earth lives under snows, and Love lives under pain.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Sure as fate.
—G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)

Sure as God made little apples.
—G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)

Sure as I’m alive.
—G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)

Sure as you are born.
—G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)

As sure as Christmas comes.
—George Outram

Sure as is the march of doom.
—Sandor Petöfi

Sure as death and taxes are.
—Poor Robin’s Almanack

As sure as cold engenders hail.
—Alexander Pope

Sure as key of lock.
—Matthew Prior

As sure as a gun is iron.
—Opie Read

Sure as the sun rolls up the morn,
Or twilight from eve is born.
—Charles Sangster

Sure as bark on a tree.
—William Shakespeare

Sure as day.
—William Shakespeare

Sure as I live.
—William Shakespeare

Sure as I have thought or soul.
—William Shakespeare

Sure as God made Moses.
—Sam Slick

Sure as eggs is eggs.
—Sam Slick

As sure as any gun.
—Horace Smith

As sure as wax-candles have wicks.
—Horace Smith

Sure as I hobble on ten toes.
—James Smith

Sure as night is known from day.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sure as present pain is.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sure as truth.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sure as sense of beast or bird.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sure as comes the postman and the sun.
—William Makepeace Thackeray

Sure as creed.
—Izaak Walton

Sure as the most certain sure.
—Walt Whitman

Sure as brook to run to river.
—A. C. Wilke

As sure as there’s a moon in Heaven.
—William Wordsworth