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


Wild as vulture’s cry.

Wild as the winds that tear the curled red leaf in the air.
—Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Wild as a buck.

Wild as a hawk.

Wild as a maniac’s dream.

Wild as a mountain lion.

Wild as Scott’s Macbriar.

Wild as Whiston’s prophecies.

Wild as wild Arabs.
—Arabian Nights

Like a cowslip, growing wild.
—Thomas Ashe

As wild and as skeigh as muirland filly.
—Joanna Baillie

Wild as Winter.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

As wild as game in July.
—Dion Boucicault

Wild as one whom demons seize.
—Charlotte Brontë

Legends wild as those culled on shores licked by Hydaspes.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Wild as that hallow’d anthem sent to hail
Bethlehem’s shepherds in the lonely vale,
When Jordan hush’d his waves, and midnight still
Watch’d on the holy towers of Zion hill.
—Thomas Campbell

Wild and capricious as the wind and wave.
—James Cawthorn

Wilde as chased deere.
—Thomas Churchyard

A landscape rose
More wild and waste and desolate than where
The white bear, drifting on a field of ice,
Howls to her sundered cubs with piteous rage
And savage agony.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wild as a maniac’s mirth.
—Eliza Cook

Wild as the lightning.
—Aubrey De Vere

Wild as the waves.
—Aubrey De Vere

Wild as dreams.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilder than the Adrain tides which form Calabrian bays.
—Roswell M. Field

As wild as the whirlwind.
—Nikolai V. Gogol

Wild as a sea-breeze.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wild as if creation’s ruins
Were heaped in one immeasurable chain
Of barren mountains, beaten by the storms
Of everlasting winter.
—James A. Hillhouse

Wild as coursers with unsubdued neck.

Wild as a tameless horse of Tartary.
—Richard Hovey

Wild as a fiend.
—Sigmund Krasinski

Wild as a burst of day-gold blown through the colors of morning.
—George Cabot Lodge

Wild and woful, like the cloud rack of a tempest.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Wild as an unbroken horse.
—Maria Lowell

Wild as the heart of a bird.
—Edwin Markham

Wild as flowers upon a river’s brink.
—George Edgar Montgomery

Wild as the changes of a dream.
—James Montgomery

Wild as mountain-breezes.
—Thomas Moore

Wild as the winds.
—Alexander Pope

Wild as ocean gale.
—Sir Walter Scott

Wild, like trumpet-jubilee.
—Sir Walter Scott

Wildly as some vex’d and angry sea madly throws up its ancient firm foundation.
—William Shakespeare

Wild as young bulls.
—William Shakespeare

Wild as haggards of the rock.
—William Shakespeare

The other wild,
Like an unpractised swimmer plunging still.
—William Shakespeare

Wild … as regret.
—Marie Van Vorst

Wild as an errant fancy.
—Helen Hay Whitney

Wild like the stormy wind.
—William Wilkie

Wild as the tempests of the upper sky.
—William Winter

Wild and rude
As ever hue-and-cry pursued,
As ever ran a felon’s race.
—William Wordsworth