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  1. Airy as the holes in Swiss cheese —Anon
  2. As giddy as a drunken man —Charles Dickens

    This is the last of a whole string of similes uttered by a reformed Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: I’m as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I’m as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world.

    See Also: GAIETY

  3. As lightly as a cloud is blown —John Greenleaf Whittier
  4. Flippancy, like comedy, is but a matter of visual first impressions —Joseph Conrad
  5. (A light blue summer dress as) frothy as high tide —Jonathan Kellerman
  6. Hands were light as moths —John MacDonald)
  7. Light as a hand among blossoms —Theodore Roethke
  8. (Mountains … ) light and airy like balloons on a string —George Garrett
  9. [Touch] light as a butterfly —Eleanor Farejons

    And lighter still, there’s a touch that’s “Light as a butterfly’s kiss” from a John MacDonald novel.

  10. Light as a flight of tumbling birds —C. S. Lewis
  11. Light as a fly —John Ray’s Proverbs
  12. Light as a leaf —Anon

    An ancient simile which continues in use to describe lightness of heart, mind and body. “Light as” variants include “Light as a feather,” “Light as wind,” and “Light as air.” With them all, “Lighter than” crops up as frequently as “Light as.”

  13. Light as a milkweed puff —Richard Wilbur
  14. [A racing jockey] light as a monkey —Ernest Hemingway
  15. Light as an angel —Donald McCaig
  16. Light as a paper toy —Anon
  17. Light as a petal falling upon stone —Theodore Roethke
  18. (She is) light as a phantom —W. P. Kinsella
  19. Light as a seed —Theodore Roethke
  20. Light as breath —Robert Penn Warren
  21. Light as cork —Henry James
  22. Light as dandelion fluff —Mary Hedin
  23. [Snow] light as dust —Amy Lowell
  24. Light as helium —Elizabeth Bishop
  25. [Snowflakes] light as milkweed —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  26. [Feathers on a hat] light as mist in a breeze —Colette
  27. Light as sea-foam, strong as the tide —Slogan for underwear, Paris-Hecker Co.
  28. (Free and) light as the breath that clung to them like clouds —Arthur Gregor
  29. Light as thistledown —John Yount
  30. (We carry her indoor. She is) light as toast —Louise Erdrich
  31. Lightly … as a child skips rope, the way a mouse waltzes —E.B. White on James Thurber’s writing
  32. Lightly as a wisp of air —Harvey Swados
  33. Weightless as an ache —Sharon Sheehe Stark

    In Stark’s novel, A Wrestling Season, the simile is used to answer the question of what death might be like.

  34. (Her body was … ) weightless as a strip of cane —Eudora Welty
  35. Weightless as the notes rung out of bells at kindling dawn —George Garrett
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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