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


Trembled as though she were going to commit a wicked action.
—Hans Christian Andersen

Trembled as a flame blown by the wind.

Trembled like a hymn.

Trembling like needle to the pole.

Trembled … like some high oak by a fierce tempest shaken.

Tremble like the body of a guitar.

Trembled like cold jelly.

Trembled like the devil.

Trembled like the strings of a violin.

Trembles …
As the distracted herd, when they the lion meet.

She trembled, like the stem of a reed.

Trembling like a man with the palsy.
—J. M. Barrie

Trembles like the luv-smitten harte ov a damsell.
—Josh Billings

Trembling, as sunshine comes through aspen-leaves.
—R. D. Blackmore

Trembled like a folded sheep at the bleating of her lamb.
—R. D. Blackmore

Tremble, like the trembling of an arch ere the key-stone is put in.
—R. D. Blackmore

Trembling, like water after sunset.
—R. D. Blackmore

Tremble … like a netted lioness.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Trembling like a tub of size.
—Robert Browning

As a fish taken from his watery home and thrown in the dry ground, our thought trembles all over in order to escape the dominion of Mara [the tempter].

Trembling like an ague.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Trembled as at an earthquake.
—Giosuè Carducci

Trembling like a frightened deer which is seeking a place of refuge.
—Lewis Carroll

Tremble like a fragile reed.
—Eliza Cook

Tremble like dew on violet’s leaves.
—Eliza Cook

Like the loose wrack in the sky,
When the four wild winds assemble.
—Barry Cornwall

Trembling, as if eternity were hung
In balance on his conduct.
—William Cowper

Tremble, as the creatures of an hour
Ought at the view of almighty pow’r.
—William Cowper

Trembling like an Eastern slave before the pasha.
—William E. Curtis

Trembling like a bridal veil.
—Aubrey De Vere

Trembling like a little child.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Trembling as the dewy rose the wind has shaken.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tremble like the stars in the sky.
—Thomas Hood

Trembles like a reed in flower.
—Victor Hugo

Trembled in the social anxiety like leaves at the approach of the storm.
—Victor Hugo

Trembling, like Paris, on the brink of an obscure and formidable revolution.
—Victor Hugo

Trembled like a thing about to die.
—Jean Ingelow

Tremble as a trembling leaf.

Trembling like a falcon’s game.
—Robert U. Johnson

Trembling like an aspen-bough.
—John Keats

Trembles like a harp full strung.
—Sidney Lanier

A-tremble like a new-born thing.
—Sidney Lanier

Fell a-trembling like as the lips of lady that forth falters yes.
—Sidney Lanier

Tremble like a shot pigeon.
—Alfred Henry Lewis

Trembling … like beauty shining through a tear.
—John Leyden

Trembling like a steed before the start.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Trembling, like a man that loves to be a soldier, yet is afraid of a gun.
—Charles Macklin

Lips trembled like those of a man caught in the act of doing wrong.
—Guy de Maupassant

Trembled as a man in fear.
—William Morris

Trembling like a hunted prey.
—Thomas Otway

Trembling like a leaf in a hurricane.

Trembling like a coward.
—Samuel Richardson

Trembled like a frightened child.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Trembled like a freezing man.
—W. Clark Russell

Tremble like aspen leaves.
—William Shakespeare

Like ten thousand clouds which flow
With one wide wind.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Like a clipp’d guinea, trembles in the scale.
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Trembled like a lambe fled from prey.
—Edmund Spenser

Tremble as with love that casts out fear.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Trembled like a stricken thrall.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Tremble like lute-strings.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Trembling, like fiery light on crisped streams.
—Frederick Tennyson

Tremble, like the light that strikes the zenith when the sun is down.
—Frederick Tennyson

Trembling, like those battlements of stone
That fell in fear when Joshua’s horns were blown.
—Henry Van Dyke

Trembling like a storm-struck tree.
—Theodore Watts-Dunton

Trembles like a tender spark.
—Theodore Watts-Dunton

Tremble in the sunny skies,
As if, from waving bough to bough,
Flitted the birds of paradise.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Tremble like a guilty thing surprised.
—William Wordsworth

Trembling, as if with fear of some unconfessed peril, which she felt to be near at hand.
—Émile Zola