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


Withered like a Normandy pippin.

Withered like a rose without light.

Like the rainbow in a summer shower,
Or gaudy poppy, of fugacious bloom,
’Tis thine to flourish for a transient hour,
Then, withered, sink in dark oblivious tomb.
—Alexander Balfour

Her white soul withered in the mire
As paper shrivels in the fire.
—Stephen Vincent Benét

Wither away like a flower ungathered in a garden.
—Robert Burton

Withered as an autumn leaf.
—Wilkie Collins

Withered like a plucked flower ready to be flung on some rotting heap of rubbish.
—Joseph Conrad

Withered and pale as an old pauper.
—Charles Dickens

Withers like debauchery.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Withers, like a palm
Cut by an Indian for its juicy balm.
—John Keats

Withered like a leaf in the breath of an oven.
—Fritz H. Ludlow

Withered like some short-lived flower.
—Christopher Marlowe

Withered like an old apple-John.
—William Shakespeare

Like a blasted sapling, withered up.
—William Shakespeare

Withered like green corn under the hot winds of the unirrigated American desert.
—John R. Spears

Withered like hay.
—Edmund Spenser

Wither like a dying rose.
—Frank L. Stanton

Withered like stars in the morning.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Withered all our strength like flame.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass.
—Old Testament

Wither as the green herb.
—Old Testament

Withered like an apple that the snow
Finds still upon the bough.
—L. Frank Tooker

Withered, as in death congealed.
—Martin Farquhar Tupper

The egoist withers like a solitary barren tree.
—Ivan Turgenev

Withered as if struck by a blight.

Wither like a thing of earth.
—Alaric A. Watts