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  1. Attached [to an idea] like a slug to its shell —Paige Mitchell
  2. Bonds (of family) as immutable as a tribal code —Anon
  3. Bonds frail as spider webs —George Garrett

    See Also: FRAGILITY

  4. The bonds which I had thought bound me … turned out to be as flimsy and insubstantial as a kindergartner’s paper chain —Harvey Swados
  5. Bound as the sun to the world’s wheel —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  6. Bound together as two trees with interwoven roots —Edith Wharton
  7. Bound together … like stepsisters with completely different backgrounds forced to live together under the same roof —Margaret Millar

    The comparison as used in the mystery novel, Beyond This Point Are Monsters, is applied to cities which are different in sight and sound but bound together by geography and economics.

  8. (Different professional groups in an organization) bundled together, as carrots or sticks of asparagus are bundled together —Frank Swinnerton
  9. Closely connected … as a mother with her baby’s belly button —Bertold Brecht
  10. Connect like a recurring musical leitmotif —Anon
  11. Drawn together and held like snowflakes in a glass glove —Arthur A. Cohen
  12. (Lives and limbs) entwined like the roots of trees —John Logan
  13. Held together as backbone holds together the ribs and limbs and head to a body —H. G. Wells
  14. Holds together like a quilt —James Dickey
  15. Joined together as in a wedding of rivers —George Garrett
  16. Linked [together] like mountain climbers —Frank Swinnerton
  17. Linked together by bonds as deep and mysterious as those which tie the mother to her young —Harvey Swados
  18. Lives crossing like swords —Paige Mitchell
  19. Mixes like alphabet soup —Diane Ackerman
  20. Roped together like climbers on a rockface —Lawrence Durrell
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Their connections were dissolved, their armies scattered, and a future invasion put entirely out of their power; yet they continued to practise mischief secretly upon the inhabitants, in the exposed parts of the country.
Had the Colonel survived only a few weeks longer, it is probable that his great political influence, and powerful connections at home and abroad, would have consummated all that was necessary to render the claim available.
I had undertaken, with my companion, to see it out, and I was under a charm, apparently, that could smooth away the extent and the far and difficult connections of such an effort.
She had often been, with her mistress, to visit some connections, in the little village of T , not far from the Ohio river, and knew the road well.
Just as I was moaning out the closing hunks of that word, I touched off one of my electric connections and all that murky world of people stood revealed in a hideous blue glare
The connections of the several sections of the raft are slack and pliant, so that the raft may be readily bent into any sort of curve required by the shape of the river.
It was always used in such connections as to make it an interesting word to me.
He seemed really anxious to accommodate them and the whole of his letter was written in so friendly a style as could not fail of giving pleasure to his cousin; more especially at a moment when she was suffering under the cold and unfeeling behaviour of her nearer connections.
Brocklehurst, who, from his wealth and family connections, could not be overlooked, still retained the post of treasurer; but he was aided in the discharge of his duties by gentlemen of rather more enlarged and sympathising minds: his office of inspector, too, was shared by those who knew how to combine reason with strictness, comfort with economy, compassion with uprightness.
She had lost both her parents while she was still a young woman; and, in course of years, her mother's family connections (who were then her nearest surviving relatives) had been one after another removed by death.
He could now assure Lucie that her husband was no longer confined alone, but was mixed with the general body of prisoners; he saw her husband weekly, and brought sweet messages to her, straight from his lips; sometimes her husband himself sent a letter to her (though never by the Doctor's hand), but she was not permitted to write to him: for, among the many wild suspicions of plots in the prisons, the wildest of all pointed at emigrants who were known to have made friends or permanent connections abroad.
The invitation was the more acceptable because Sir Charles was no mushroom noble, and, in the schooldays which Gertrude now remembered as the happiest of her life, she had acknowledged that Jane's family and connections were more aristocratic than those of any other student then at Alton, herself excepted.

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