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Similes and examples

as cool as a cucumber

to be calm and relaxed, especially in a difficult situation
(During the awful, horrifying accident, he remained as cool as a cucumber

as thin as a rake

very thin
(As he never ate much, his arms were as thin as a rake)

as bold as brass

very brave and confident; not afraid to say what you feel or take risks
(That devilish monkey which stole my banana was as bold as brass!)

as thorny as a rose bush

very thorny
(The old man's beard is as thorny as a rose bush; I won't touch it!)

as smooth as glass

very smooth
(He washed his face until it was as smooth as glass).

as bright as the moon

very bright
(After finding a bag full of jewels, the young man's eyes looked as bright as the moon)

gleamed like pearls

shining very brightly
(Amazed by the sight of the famous singer, the little children's eyes gleamed like pearls)

as green as mold

very green
(Her teeth look as green as mold; she needs to brush them more often!)

as soft as velvet

very soft
(The cover of my new book is as soft as velvet)

as gentle as a lamb

very calm and kind
(If you are going to look after my cat Ichigo, you'll have to be as gentle as a lamb)

as fiery as a volcano

quickly or easily becoming angry
(The giraffe living next door has a fiery temper)

as black as pitch

completely black
(Pitch.n. a black sticky substance made from oil or coal)

as black as coal

very black
(The pirate's evil eyes are as black as coal)

as clear as crystal

very easy to understand/ easy to see
(The water in the Mediterranean sea is as clear as crystal)

as easy as taking candy from a baby

very easy or simple
(Beating my little sister at chess is like taking candy from a baby)

as thin as a rail

very thin
(This path is as thin as a rail)

as red as rubies

very red
(These fresh tomatoes are as red and shiny as rubies)

as soft as silk

very soft or gentle
(The singer's sweet voice sounded as soft as silk)

as slippery as an eel

very slippery

as warm as toast

very warm in a pleasant, comfortable way
(This chair feels as warm as toast; has anybody been sitting on it?)

as big as a building

very big
(I didn't want to play basketball against him as he was as big as a building)

as clean as a whistle

very clean
By the time we had finished mopping the floor it was as clean as a whistle; you could have eaten your dinner on it)

as rough as sandpaper

very rough

as dead as a door-nail

completely dead, extinct

as fresh as the air in spring

very fresh

as stubborn as a mule

very stubborn and obstinate

as ugly as sin

very ugly and unpleasant to look at

as crooked as a witch's hat

very dishonest

as soft as a daffodil's petals

very soft
(The falling cherry blossom felt as soft as daffodil petals)

as blue as the deepest ocean

completely blue
(Her piercing eyes were as blue as the deepest ocean)

as fragile as a house of cards

easily destroyed or spoilt
(This igloo is as fragile as a house of cards; I want to leave before it collapses!)

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