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


As swiftly as a reach of still water is crisped by the wind.

Swiftly like a cloud scud on a breezy day.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Swiftly as the explosion of a rifle cartridge follows the falling of the hammer.
—Robert Edgren

Swiftly as smiles are caught in looks that meet.
—George Eliot

Swiftly as the dolphins glide.
—Thomas Hood

Swiftly as a bright Phœbean dart.
—John Keats

Swiftly, like birds that skim the air.