Extended and imaginative similes

Using your imagination you can make similes that are unique, amusing, or simply more interesting than normal.

Examples of extended and imaginative similes

  • When Boomer danced he looked like a monkey on roller skates juggling razor blades in a hurricane (Tom Robbins)
  • I love you like a fat kid loves cake (50 Cent)
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whisky and car keys to teenage boys (PJ O’Rourke)
  • Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them (Samuel Butler)
  • Society is like a stew: if you don’t stir it up once in a while, then a layer of scum floats to the top (Edward Abbey)
  • Listening to the 5th Symphony of Ralph Vaughn Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes (Aaron Copland)
  • That man’s ears make him look like a taxi with both doors open (Howard Hughes)
  • Arnold Schwarzenneger looks like a condom full of walnuts (Clive James)
  • He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight (John Randolph)
  • Now that I have my fire I’m as happy as a Frenchman who’s just invented a pair of self-removing trousers (Blackadder)
  • Life is like a taxi: the meter keeps on ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still (anonymous)
  • A woman is like a shadow: follow her, she flies; fly from her, she follows (Nicholas C. Hamfort)
  • Men are like payphones: some of them take your money. Most of them don’t work, and when you find one that does, someone else is on it (Catherine Franco)


Make imaginative similes to describe:
1. your teacher
2. an angry person
3. an ugly person
4. a beautiful person
5. your house