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Word: simile

Definition: comparison of one thing with another, using the word like or as


Sentences Containing 'simile'

An example of this, is the "sudden striker" snake of Sunzi's "Art of War" that was supposed to be able to fight with both head and tail, and was used as a simile for how a general who is expert at military deployment does so.
And to carry the simile further, if you allow too great a play between the parts, so that they fit one over the other too loosely, the engine will lose power and become a poor rickety thing.
But perhaps this difference can be brought home a little more clearly if you will pardon a rather fanciful simile.
Carl Atkins provided his criticism of Sonnet 147 in Shakespeare’s Sonnets with Three Hundred Years of Commentary.” He notes that the first quatrain is an extended simile of a patient with a fever, keeping himself ill with things he doesn’t really like.
He connects his illness with great disturbance and agitation, naturally, and that's the figure, or the simile, or whatever it's called, which he chooses to use.
Missis Gummidge has worked like a--I doen't know what Missis Gummidge an't worked like,' said Mr. Peggotty, looking at her, at a loss for a sufficiently approving simile.
This is based on the modern proverb, “feed a cold and starve a fever.” The simile continues with Reason acting as a physician and the patient ignoring his own damage.

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