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  1. Charted his moods like a cartographer —Pat Conroy

    Conroy’s simile from The Great Santini refers to the main character’s understanding of and adjustment to his father’s temperament.

  2. Families are a kind of closed system; like locked trunks, they are hard to penetrate from the outside —Daphne Merkin
  3. Families are like wine. You get the old vintage that goes right off: goes weak as coloured water or old scent —Julia O’Faolain
  4. A family, if it is large and well-connected, is like a religion —Paul Theroux

    In the novel, Picture Palace, from which this is taken, the author follows up the simile with the following explanation: “It serves the same purpose, to bewitch the believer with joy and offer him salvation; it consoles, it enchants, it purifies.”

  5. Getting to know someone is like opening a safe: you have to learn the unique combination of numbers —Delmore Schwartz

    Schwartz followed this entry into his journal with “No, this is not really true.”

  6. Her life was hung upon this relationship, like the cloth of a tent that would collapse into loose folds without the central post that supported it —Tennessee Williams
  7. Human relations just aren’t fixed in their orbits like the planets; they’re more like galaxies, changing all the time, exploding into light for years, then dying away —May Sarton
  8. The idea of a step-father is like a substitute host on a talk show —Bobbie Ann Mason
  9. In the beginning of a relationship, if you’re lucky enough to find wit at the right moments, it’s like getting a cab in the rain —Steve Post, WNYC/FM, December 22, 1986
  10. (There were Ben and his father, eye to eye, as) intimate as lovers —Pat Conroy
  11. I was there for you, like an Eye-Beam … any other beam would do —John Updike
  12. Know each other’s thoughts. Without words, as if traveling on connected bloodstreams —Mary Hedin
  13. Know each other, crack and flaw, like two irregular stones that fit together —Adrienne Rich
  14. Like the slowly tumbling arabesque of little cloud shapes drifting across the sand cliffs on a summer wind, neither [of two close sisters] was anything without the other —Wilbur Daniel Steele
  15. Never got on … like a couple of dogs not liking each other’s smells —Frank Swinnerton
  16. Relationship … as fragile as spindly bridges —David Leavitt, New York Times Book Review, 1986

    See Also: FRAGILITY

  17. The relationship bumps along like a car with three tires —Ira Wood
  18. Relationship … like two engines running at variance —D. H. Lawrence
  19. The relationship waxed, billowed like scenery on the breeze —John Ashberry
  20. Spread herself out like a cloak for the king to walk on —Suzi Gablik, New York Times Book Review, 1986

    The simile is used to explain the relationship between the author of My Life with Chagall and the artist.

  21. The string between you wore out … like old elastic —Tess Slesinger
  22. The sweet sorrow of loving a parent is as pure as the taste of a sourball when you are five —Norman Mailer
  23. Their (a mother and daughter) connection had built-in tension and resiliency. Like the coiled telephone cord through which they communicated —Ellen Goodman
  24. There was room for improvement [in relationship between two men] … a sort of gap, like the Grand Canyon —J. F. Powers
  25. Torn between them [warring parents] like a plot of land they both wanted to lay claim to —Ann Jasperson
  26. Treated her like a twenty-carat diamond —Rita Mae Brown
  27. Understand one another like thieves at a fair —Anatole France
  28. (After half an hour … ) we were as familiar with one another as if we had unbosomed our whole life histories —Erich Maria Remarque
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
All that was healthy and natural, all that clung to happy relationships and the simple joys of simple men, shrunk from them in dismay; and yet a fearful attraction was in them, and, like the fruit on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they were terrible with the possibilities of the Unknown.
15', on these wretched gravel plains, with their stunted vegetation; but the relationship of the Macrauchenia to the Guanaco, now an inhabitant of the most sterile parts, partly explains this difficulty.
Nietzsche, the supposed anarchist, here plainly disclaims all relationship whatever to anarchy, for he shows us that only by bearing the burdens of the existing law and submitting to it patiently, as the camel submits to being laden, does the free spirit acquire that ascendancy over tradition which enables him to meet and master the dragon "Thou shalt,"--the dragon with the values of a thousand years glittering on its scales.
He warmly accepted the invitation, and at once they became not only on terms of affectionate relationship, but almost like old friends.
The neglect had been visited on the head of the sinner; for when poor Lady Elliot died herself, no letter of condolence was received at Kellynch, and, consequently, there was but too much reason to apprehend that the Dalrymples considered the relationship as closed.
You can't change the relationship,' returned the other.
To explain the conditions of that relationship we must first establish a conception of the expression of will, referring it to man and not to the Deity.
Our poor place of abode, our humble calling, our assumed relationship, and our assumed name, are all used alike as a means of hiding us in the house-forest of London.
In South America, a similar relationship is manifest, even to an uneducated eye, in the gigantic pieces of armour like those of the armadillo, found in several parts of La Plata; and Professor Owen has shown in the most striking manner that most of the fossil mammals, buried there in such numbers, are related to South American types.
The boy, small and rather delicate in appearance seemed somewhat embarrassed at being called "father" by the tall, awkward, pumpkinheaded man, but to deny the relationship would involve another long and tedious explanation; so he changed the subject by asking, abruptly:
The accident being the relationship of my wife's cousin to a certain Father Superior in a very ancient monastery in Europe.
"If the world disapproves, I don't care," said Vronsky; "but if my relations want to be on terms of relationship with me, they will have to be on the same terms with my wife."

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