Facial Expressions, Miscellaneous

Facial Expressions, Miscellaneous



  1. Always had a ready smile, so that her face with its round rosy cheeks was more like something you could eat or lick; she reminded me of nothing so much as an apple fritter —Edna O’Brien
  2. Anger on her cheeks like rouge —Truman Capote
  3. Anxiety and annoyance chasing each other like the hands of a clock around his wide, flat face —Helen Hudson
  4. Blinked … like an owl surprised in daylight and annoyed at this interruption —John Galsworthy
  5. Bright, inflamed look, as though she had just been crying or having her cheeks scrubbed by an angry nursegirl —Mary McCarthy
  6. Face … cold as a cameo —Barbara Howes
  7. His countenance was like lightning —The Holy Bible/Matthew
  8. Expression … like a leopard who’s just sighted a plump impala —Jilly Cooper
  9. Expression like a stork that dropped a baby and broke it and is coming to explain to the parents —Mel Brooks
  10. Face was wound up like a spring —Alan Sillitoe
  11. Face … cold, as though warmth and tenderness were dead in her —Jean Rhys
  12. Face … as calm as a mask —Ross Macdonald
  13. Face … as hard as ice —Roberta Allen
  14. Face as welcoming as an open fire —William Mcllvanney
  15. Face becoming creased and flabby, like an old bag, with the strain of making it smile and show interest and speak its permitted few words —Kingsley Amis
  16. Face bobbing anxiously like a man bidding at an auction —Derek Lambert
  17. Face changed a little … as if a headlight had flashed across it —Frank Tuohy
  18. Face [of old man] crinkled into a laugh, so that it looked like a polished walnut —Lu Hsiin
  19. Face crumpled like a sheet of wadded paper —Pat M. Esslinger-Carr
  20. Face … delicate with fear, as if it might shatter like white china —Paul Theroux
  21. Face had clenched like a pale wax-paper mask, into a ball of hate —Louise Erdrich
  22. Face had fallen like a waffle —Frank O’Hara
  23. Face harmoniously fixed, as if for a camera —Elizabeth Hardwick
  24. Face harsh and wrung and savage beneath the springing tears like sweat —William Faulkner
  25. Face is still calm, as though she had a cast made and painted to just the look she wanted —Ken Kesey
  26. Face laced tight as a shoe —Lorrie Moore
  27. (When he came … her) face lighted up as if he had been sunshine —William Makepeace Thackeray
  28. Face like a buttered scone, dripping complacency —Helen Hudson
  29. Face lit up like a sunburst —Max Shulman
  30. Face lit with a kind of radiant pain, as if she’d been bitten by a miracle —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  31. (Icy anger tucked behind his) face, locked up like a store after hours —Lorrie Moore
  32. Face looked all stiff, as if he were afraid the features would fall off —Helen Hudson
  33. Face puckered and fierce and jowly and quizzical like a Boston bulldog —George Garrett
  34. Face … rigid, like the face of a man in the grip of a barely controlled rage —Wallace Stegner
  35. (Tiny’s) face sagged like an old pillow propped against a headboard —Harold Adams
  36. Faces all knotted up like burls on oaks —William Carlos Williams
  37. Faces became red and swollen as from an interior fire which flamed out from the clear holes of their eyes —Émile Zola
  38. Faces chipped into expressions that never change, like flint arrowheads —Ken Kesey
  39. (The sheriff’s) face seems to melt like a plate of butter left too close to the fire —George Garrett
  40. Face shining like a great sunflower —Aharon Megged
  41. Face shone with a bright glow … like the terrible glow of a fire on a dark night —Leo Tolstoy
  42. Faces … lifted up like flowers in a kind of rapt and mournful ecstasy —Thomas Wolfe
  43. Face squinched up like a withered apple —Robert B. Parker
  44. Faces with the word ‘no’ stamped like a coat of arms on them —V. S. Pritchett

    The faces Pritchett describes belong to London landladies.

  45. Face that looks as overworked as Gary Cooper trying to register an emotion —Wallace Stegner
  46. Face twisted like a man who’s accidentally swallowed a whole chili pepper —Gloria Norris
  47. Face, vague like a shadow —Anatole France

    See Also: VAGUENESS

  48. Face … vigilant as some small cat’s —Louise Erdrich
  49. Face was set into an expression of intense attention, like a man listening to an important broadcast which might affect his course of action in some way —John Malcolm

    See Also: ATTENTION

  50. Face went to pieces as if by its own weight —Ross Macdonald
  51. Fearful expression … like the fear of an animal which has been beaten and kicked for too long —Louis Bromfield
  52. Features … softening like wax too close to the flame —George Garrett
  53. Fierce and variegated countenance, appeared like war personified —Nathaniel Hawthorne

    See Also: FEROCITY

  54. A gentle, cowlike expression passed over her face like a cloud —Colette
  55. Grimaced, like a rubber Kewpie doll being squeezed in all the wrong places —Paige Mitchell
  56. The grin left his face and was replaced by the sort of amusement that rings like a coin slapped on a bar —Jonathan Valin
  57. Had a face like a requiem —Honoré de Balzac
  58. Had an expression on his face as if he were listening for something, so that one felt one couldn’t disturb him —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  59. (Her eyes were still red, but she) had the happy look of a child that has outslept its grief —Edith Wharton
  60. Had the mankind-loving look of a convert fresh from church —Harold Adams
  61. Hard, red face like a book of rules —Anthony Carson
  62. Has a haunted, jumpy look, as if invisible alarm clocks were going off throughout the day, to remind him of undone duties —Christopher Isherwood
  63. His fat face opened and smiled like a distorted, gold-toothed flower —John Dickson Carr
  64. His mangy little face lit up like a store window going on for the night —Jonathan Valin
  65. Like a peddler whose wares have been turned down all day, he waited, with a look of patient expectation —Elizabeth Hardwick
  66. Lips went white, like a person who has received a stunning blow without warning and who, in the first moments of shock, does not realize what has happened —Margaret Mitchell

    See Also: LIPS

  67. (Every time he saw Conrad he) lit up like a fairground with hilarity and self-satisfaction —A. Alvarez
  68. A lonely face, pulled in like rain off the wild stretches —Elizabeth Spencer
  69. Look as startled as a hare —Joyce Cary
  70. Looked smug … like a messenger bringing the news of a battle won —John Rechy
  71. Looked wistful, like a kid who’d lost the magic penny —Robert Campbell
  72. Looking as miserable as sin —Penelope Gilliatt
  73. Looking puzzled and dismayed, like a baby who’s learned to pull itself up on the sides of a crib, but hasn’t figured out how to sit down again —Sue Grafton
  74. A look of intense mirth spread over Lily’s face like water released suddenly from a broken dam —Louis Bromfield
  75. A look of surprise … as if he’d just swallowed an ice cube —T. Coraghessan Boyle

    See Also: SURPRISE

  76. Looks perpetually surprised, but scared and insincere, like a play actor —Jayne Anne Phillips
  77. Looks puzzled and grieved, as if he can’t believe his bad luck —François Camoin
  78. No pity or censure in her face, it was as immovable as a fact —Margaret Millar
  79. Official faces … like death masks —Ross Macdonald
  80. Old emotions, like old scars, savaged his face —Rita Mae Brown
  81. One could see thoughts crossing his face like caravans of camels lurching slowly across the seemingly endless Sahara —Delmore Schwartz

    See Also: THOUGHT

  82. Open-mouthed, like a fish —Anon
  83. Pale astonishment in his face as if at a sudden accusation —George Eliot
  84. Pleading look, a beg for help like a message from a powerless invaded country to the rest of the world —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  85. Sensuality had been eroded from his face, nibbled away, as the sea nibbles traces of meat from a shell —Julia O’Faolain
  86. A set face, sad like a toy soldier’s, wooden and clad with honor —Z. Vance Wilson
  87. (The other diners were listening with) shocked but rather smirking expressions, like good little boys who were going to hear the bad little boy told off —Jean Rhys
  88. The compassionate look of a friendly dog —André Malraux
  89. Their faces seemed unusually open, like so many windows —John Cheever

    See Also: CANDOR

  90. Tiredness and worry chasing one another like clouds across her face —Susan Hill
  91. A tremor, as quick and delicate as a pulse, passed over her features … so quickly it seemed a drop of rain had simply moved like a shadow across her face —Alice McDermott

    See Also: TREMBLING

  92. His face [as he breaks into laughter] unfolds like a peony —Erich Maria Remarque
  93. Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters —William Shakespeare
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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