For your entertainment, actual similes and metaphors found by high school English teachers from across the country in their student’s essays.
– Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
– His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances, like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
– He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
– She grew on him like she was a colony of e-coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
– She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
– Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
– He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
– The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
– The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
– McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
– From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
– Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
– The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
– Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
– They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.
– John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
– He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
– Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
– Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
– The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
– The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
– He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
– The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
– It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
– He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.