In “Popular Similes,” Youth’s Companion reminds us that even the most overused cliches are essentially poetic.
“Popular Similes” (from Youth’s Companion, 30 November 1848; p. 124)

As wet as a fish—as dry as a bone;

As live as a bird—as dead as a stone;

As plump as a partridge—as poor as a rat;

As strong as a horse—as weak as a cat;

As hard as a flint—as soft as a mole;

As white as a lily—as black as a coal;

As plain as a pikestaff—as rough as a bear;

As tight as a drum—as free as the air;

As heavy as lead—as light as a feather;

As steady as time—uncertain as weather;

As hot as an oven—as cold as a frog;

As gay as a lark—as sick as a dog;

As slow as a tortoise—as swift as the wind;

As true as the gospel—as false as mankind;

As thin as a herring—as fat as a pig;

As proud as a peacock—as blue as a grig;

As savage as tigers—as mild as a dove;

As stiff as a poker—as limp as a glove;

As blind as a bat—as deaf [as] a post;

As cool as a cucumber—as warm as a toast;

As red as a cherry—as pale as a ghost.

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