List of AS...AS Similes

This is a list of well-known 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/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/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  
Caution: Many similes are clichés (phrases that are overused and betray a lack of original thought). You should use well-know similes with care, but it is certainly useful to know them so that you can understand language that contains them.