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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
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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There was not only great wealth but high court interest among the connections of Edward Effingham.
I am rather afraid that Doctor Softly was not a clever medical man; for in spite of his great connections, he did not get a very magnificent practice as a physician.
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.
Besides these gentlemen, there were some ladies among the guests invited by Sir Patrick--all of them family connections, and three of them appointed to the position of Blanche's bridesmaids.
Napoleon as he was empirically known consisted of a series of gradually changing appearances: first a squalling baby, then a boy, then a slim and beautiful youth, then a fat and slothful person very magnificently dressed This series of appearances, and various occurrences having certain kinds of causal connections with them, constitute Napoleon as empirically known, and therefore are Napoleon in so far as he forms part of the experienced world.
And he shut up any of his thoughtless comrades who attempted to allude to his connection. But in spite of that, his love was known to all the town; everyone guessed with more or less confidence at his relations with Madame Karenina.
But despite their endeavors to prove that the cause of events lies in intellectual activity, only by a great stretch can one admit that there is any connection between intellectual activity and the movement of peoples, and in no case can one admit that intellectual activity controls people's actions, for that view is not confirmed by such facts as the very cruel murders of the French Revolution resulting from the doctrine of the equality of man, or the very cruel wars and executions resulting from the preaching of love.
We have been unguarded in forming this hasty engagement, but we must not complete the imprudence by ratifying it while there is so much reason to fear the connection would be opposed by those friends on whom you depend.
My objections to the marriage were not merely those which I last night acknowledged to have the utmost force of passion to put aside, in my own case; the want of connection could not be so great an evil to my friend as to me.
Allen, in which Henry talked at random, without sense or connection, and Catherine, rapt in the contemplation of her own unutterable happiness, scarcely opened her lips, dismissed them to the ecstasies of another tete-a-tete; and before it was suffered to close, she was enabled to judge how far he was sanctioned by parental authority in his present application.
The four Eastern States, from all the causes that form the links of national sympathy and connection, may with certainty be expected to unite.
"There are circumstances in connection with it which even now puzzle me very much, very much indeed.

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