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  1. Argued like a lawyer —Edith Wharton

    See Also:LAWYERS

  2. Argue like geese —Ben Hecht
  3. Arguing like sparring fish in a tank —Graham Swift
  4. Arguing with Owen was like fencing with a bag of wool —Julia O’Faolain

    See Also:FUTILITY

  5. The argument broke open, porous as cheese —Julia O’Faolain
  6. Arguments are like the grinding of rusty blades —Elizabeth Hardwick
  7. Can’t help arguing like I can’t help the man in the moon —Louise Erdrich
  8. Clash like the coming and retiring wave —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  9. Clash, like waves of the sea —John Hall Wheelock
  10. Contention is like fire, both burn so long as there is any exhaustible matter to contend with —Thomas Adams
  11. Grabbed the argument as if it were a beachball we were tossing between us —Dorothy B. Francis
  12. Her argument clung to its point like a frightened sharp-clawed animal —Edith Wharton
  13. His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death —Abraham Lincoln
  14. Her arguments are like elephants. They squash you flat —Rumer Godden
  15. Protesting like children at nap time —George Garrett
  16. Split [in disagreement] like an egg —Paige Mitchell
  17. Talking to Oscar [Levant] is like fighting a man who has three fists instead of the regulation two —Alexander Woolcott
  18. True disputants are like true sportsmen, their whole delight is in the pursuit —Alexander Pope

    See Also:SPORTS

  19. Words..flew between them like sparks between steel striking steel —Edna Ferber
  20. The words [during an argument] whipped away like weightless leaves —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A portable sheath in which the ancient statesman and the aboriginal lawyer carried their lighter arguments.
A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request, without waiting for arguments to reason one into it.
The course of the Father Confessor's arguments ran as follows: "Ignorant of the import of what you were undertaking, you made a vow of conjugal fidelity to a man who on his part, by entering the married state without faith in the religious significance of marriage, committed an act of sacrilege.
Overwhelmed at first under this violent shock, he by and by recovered himself, and resolved to crush the proposal by weight of his arguments.
On the contrary, when a set of grave men and philosophers are disputing; when wisdom herself may in a manner be considered as present, and administering arguments to the disputants; should a tumult arise among the mob, or should one scold, who is herself equal in noise to a mighty mob, appear among the said philosophers; their disputes cease in a moment, wisdom no longer performs her ministerial office, and the attention of every one is immediately attracted by the scold alone.
SOME, in their discourse, desire rather commendation of wit, in being able to hold all arguments, than of judgment, in discerning what is true; as if it were a praise, to know what might be said, and not, what should be thought.
The moment Alice appeared, she was appealed to by all three to settle the question, and they repeated their arguments to her, though, as they all spoke at once, she found it very hard indeed to make out exactly what they said.
My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all.
The argument of the Republic is the search after Justice, the nature of which is first hinted at by Cephalus, the just and blameless old man-- then discussed on the basis of proverbial morality by Socrates and Polemarchus--then caricatured by Thrasymachus and partially explained by Socrates--reduced to an abstraction by Glaucon and Adeimantus, and having become invisible in the individual reappears at length in the ideal State which is constructed by Socrates.
Comparing the humped herds of whales with the humped herds of buffalo, which, not forty years ago, overspread by tens of thousands the prairies of Illinois and Missouri, and shook their iron manes and scowled with their thunder-clotted brows upon the sites of populous river-capitals, where now the polite broker sells you land at a dollar an inch; in such a comparison an irresistible argument would seem furnished, to show that the hunted whale cannot now escape speedy extinction.
He had made no effort to tide over the discomforts of her introduction, and now, engaged in argument with his brother, apparently forgot her presence.
Shall I return to your old argument about the opinions of men?--we were saying that some of them are to be regarded, and others not.

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