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- Ample as a fat man’s waistline —Anon
- As large as life —Maria Edgeworth
- As large as life and twice as natural —Anon
While this is most commonly attributed to Lewis Carroll, who used it in Through the Looking Glass in 1873, Stevenson’s Proverbs, Maxims and Famous Phrases includes an earlier (though likely not the earliest) source, Cuthbert Bede’s 1853 work, Verdant Green.
- Big as a braggart’s mouth —Anon
- Big as a den bear —Richard Ford
- Big as a draft animal —William Brammer
- Big as all out of doors —Anon
- [A man] big as an express train —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (Bombers) big as bowling alleys —Marge Piercy
- A big man, filling the chair like a great mound of wheat —H.R.F. Keating
- Great as man’s ambition —Dame Edith Sitwell
- Huge as a planet —Lord Byron
- Huge as mountains —Walter Savage Landor
- Immense as whales —Sir William Davenant
- Large as a log of maple —Refrain from “Yankee Doodle,” early American folk song
- (My disappointment) large as capsized tugs —Richard Eberhart
- A large business organization is like a damn big dragon. You kick it in the tail, and two years later, it feels it in the head —Frederick Kappell, Look, August 28, 1962
Kappell, chairman of American Telephone and Telegraph, began his comparison with “The Bell System is …” instead of the more general phrase used here.
See Also: BUSINESS
- A list big as a comedian’s gag file —Anon
- Over-sized like a clown’s shoes —Anon
- She’s big as a damned barn and tough as knife metal —Ken Kesey
See Also: TOUGHNESS
- She was big as three women —Ernest Hemingway
- Vast as water —Madeleine L’Engle
- Vast like the inside of a Pharaoh’s tomb —Arthur A. Cohen
In Cohen’s novel, In the Days of Simon Stern, the comparison describes New York’s Madison Square Garden.
|Noun||1.||bigness - the property of having a relatively great size|
size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
ampleness - the property of impressive largeness in size; "he admired the ampleness of its proportions"
immenseness, immensity, sizeableness, vastness, enormousness, grandness, greatness, wideness - unusual largeness in size or extent or number
commodiousness, spaciousness, capaciousness, roominess - spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building); "the capaciousness of Santa's bag astounded the child"; "roominess in this size car is always a compromise"; "his new office lacked the spaciousness that he had become accustomed to"