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List of Similes - Class 8 English Revision Notes

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This is a list of well-known as...as similes. There are more similes, of course, some common and
others less common because anyone can make a simile at any time--you too!

     simile                                                       meaning                                                        comment
 as alike as two peas in a pod              identical or nearly so
as bald as a coot                                   completely bald
as big as a bus                                          very big
as big as an elephant                                very big
as black as a sweep                                completely black                                        sweep = chimney sweep
as black as coal                                      completely black
as black as pitch                                     completely black
as blind as a bat                                     completely blind                                          may be exaggeration
as blind as a mole                                 completely blind may                                     be exaggeration
as bold as brass                                        very bold                                                   usually in a negative sense
as brave as a lion                                      very brave
as bright as a button                                 very bright
as bright as a new pin                               very bright and shiny
as busy as a beaver                                  very busy
as busy as a bee                                       very busy
as busy as a cat on a hot tin roof              very busy
as calm as a millpond                            very calm and still                                          usually said of water
as clear as a bell                                      very clear                                                                of a sound
as clean as a whistle                                very clean
as clear as crystal                                      very clear
as clear as mud                                     not at all clear                                                    irony or sarcasm
as cold as ice                                            very cold
as common as dirt                              very common, rude, vulgar                               usually said of a person
as cool as a cucumber                                  cool
as cunning as a fox                                 cunning
as dead as a doornail                               dead
as dead as the dodo                               dead, extinct                                                   the dodo is an extinct bird
as deaf as a post                                    completely deaf                                                  may be exaggeration
as different as chalk from cheese              very different
as drunk as a lord                                    completely drunk
as dry as a bone                                          very dry
as dry as dust                                              very dry
as dull as dishwater                                dull, boring                                                      usually said of a person
as easy as A.B.C.                                       very easy
as easy as apple-pie                                 very easy
as flat as a pancake                                completely flat
as free as a bird                                 very free to go anywhere
as fresh as a daisy                                      very fresh
as gentle as a lamb                                   very gentle                                                   usually said of a person
as good as gold                                 very good and obedient                                       usually said of a person
as happy as a lark                                     very happy                                                   usually said of a person
as hard as nails                                   very tough in character                                             of a person
as hot as hell                                              very hot
as hungry as a bear                                 very hungry
as hungry as a wolf                                  very hungry
as innocent as a lamb                          innocent, not worldly-wise                                  usually said of a person
as large as life                                          conspicuously present
as light as a feather                                         very light
as light as air                                                    very light
as mad as a hatter                                     completely crazy
as mad as a hornet                                      very angry
as nutty as a fruitcake                             completely crazy
as obstinate as a mule                      very obstinate, stubborn
as old as the hills                                       very, very old
as pale as death                                very pale or white in the face of a person
as plain as day                                             very clear
as poor as a church mouse                            poverty-stricken
as poor as dirt                                                 poverty-stricken
as proud as a peacock                                  very proud
as pure as snow                                        pure and innocent
as pure as the driven snow                        pure and innocent
as quick as a wink                                         very quick(ly)
as quick as lightning                                      very quick(ly)
as quick as silver                                           very quick
as quiet as a church mouse                          very quiet
as safe as houses                                    very safe, secure
as scarce as hen's teeth                              very, very scarce                                            irony (hens have no teeth)
as sharp as a razor                                        very sharp
as sick as a dog                                              very sick
as sick as a parrot                                           very sick
as silent as the dead                                   completely silent
as silent as the grave                                  completely silent
as slippery as an eel                                   slippery, evasive                                                      of a person
as slow as a snail                                             very slow
as slow as a tortoise                                         very slow
as smooth as silk                                             very smooth
as snug as a bug in a rug                          in a very comfortable position                                    humorous
as sober as a judge                                          sober
as solid as a rock                                               solid
as solid as the ground we stand on                   solid
as sound as a bell                                            very clear                                                            of a sound
as sour as vinegar                                            very sour
as steady as a rock                                         very steady
as stiff as a board                                         completely stiff
as straight as an arrow                                     straight                                                       an arrow flies straight
as strong as an ox                                            very strong
as stubborn as a mule                                  very stubborn, obstinate
as sturdy as an oak                                       very strong and solid
as sure as death and taxes                         absolutely certain to happen
as tall as a giraffe                                              very tall
as thin as a rake                                                very thin
as timid as a rabbit                                            very timid
as tough as leather                                            very tough
as tough as nails                                                very tough                                                     often said of a person
as tough as old boots                                         very tough                                                      often said of a person
as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party             not welcome at all                                     irony or sarcasm (skunks stink)
as white as a ghost                                         very pale or white in the face                             of a person
as white as a sheet                                              pure white
as white as snow                                                 pure white
as wise as Solomon                                             very wise                                                        King Solomon
as wise as an owl                                                 very wise


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