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)

Exercises

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