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


Sweep like a simoon.

Sweeps … along, like the broad volume of the insurgent Nile.
—Matthew Arnold

Sweep around … like angered eagles cheated of their prey.
—Philip James Bailey

Swept … like sullying cloud from pure blue sky.
—Charlotte Brontë

Sweep like wolves on a lambkin.
—T. D. Brown

Swept in like tides of Fundy.
—Francis. F. Browne

Sweep like a sea, barred out from land.
—Robert Browning

Swept like surge, i’ the simile
Of Homer.
—Robert Browning

Sweep, like currents journeying through the windless deep.
—William Cullen Bryant

Swept … like leaves before the autumn gale.
—William Cullen Bryant

Swept … like ocean-tides uprising at the call of tyrant winds.
—William Cullen Bryant

Sweeping along like the Huns.
—Stephen Crane

They swept him out of the street, as a fire-hose flushes the gutter.
—Richard Harding Davis

Like chain-shot, sweeps all things in its way.
—John Dryden

Sweeps like spectral shade.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Swept like a tempestuous sea.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sweeping like rivers that seek the main.
—Thomas Hood

Sweeping the country like locust-swarm.

Sweep like a wing’d will.
—Emily Pfeiffer

Sweep like bitter Nor’land gales.
—T. Buchanan Read

Sweep as the tempest o’er the deep.
—Friedrich von Schiller

Swept the lists like an Egypt’s plague of locusts.
—Owen Seaman

Sweep it away like a leaf before a hurricane.
—George Bernard Shaw

Like waves before the tempest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

As storm across his soul that kept
Wild watch, and watched not well.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Swept like a torrent.
—Alfred Tennyson

Swept like a conquering army through my blood.
—Louis Untermeyer

As by a plague.
—William Wordsworth