What is a simile?

Similes are used to compare two things using ‘as … as…’ or ‘…is like…’.

How to make a simile

1. as (adj) as (noun)
2. … (v. (incl. ‘be’) like …

Common similes

as blind as a bat
as busy as a bee
as clean as a whistle
as cold as ice
as dead as a dodo
as deaf as a post
as delicate as a flower
as easy as ABC
as dry as a bone
as free as a bird
as hot as Hell
as hungry as a wolf
as mad as a hatter
as old as the hills
as pure as snow
as quick as lightning
as quiet as a mouse
as sharp as a razor
as silent as the dead
as slow as a snail
as slippery as an eel
as solid as a rock
as white as a sheet

it fits like a glove
he eats like a pig
she swims like a fish
they stood out like a sore thumb
they fought like cats and dogs
she has eyes like a hawk
it broke like a cheap pair of heels
it flies like a bird
she sings like a bird
she sings like an angel
I slept like a log
my love is like a red, red rose
her eyes twinkled like stars
she’s sweet like honey
he drinks like a fish
he ran like the wind
it bounced like a ball


Although there are common similes in English, using your imagination can make your English speaking and writing a lot more interesting

He is as angry as….
They are as thin as…
He jumps like a …
They work as hard as…
She hits like…
She dances like…