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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”.

Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily.

Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.


"16,000 figures of speech on more than one thousand topics"--Cover.

About the Author

Elyse Sommer is the author or editor of numerous titles, including "Discovering Literature," "The Kids' World Almanac of Music," "Metaphors Dictionary," and "Strategies for Reading and Arguing About Literature." She is the editor, publisher, and chief critic of the online theater magazine She lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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Sommer, Elyse
Visible Ink Press
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
Reference - General
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Trade Cloth
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9.25 x 7.25 in

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