HIGH SCHOOL SIMILES
Each simile listed below was actually used by high school
students in their various essays and short stories:
1. 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.
2. She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches
that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up
whenever you banged the door open again.
3. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the
way a bowling ball wouldn't.
4. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty
bag filled with vegetable soup.
5. 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 P.M. instead of
6. Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a
7. Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in
8. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
9. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
10. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots
when you fry them in hot grease.
11. Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life
was a movie, this guy would be buried in the credits as
something like "second tall man".
12. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers race
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
13. The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after
the Dr. on a Dr. Pepper can.
14. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket
fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
15. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds
who had also never met.
16. The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a
thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm
scene in a play.
17. The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola
18. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking
alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
19. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had
its two other sides gently compressed by a thigh
20. She grew on him like E. coli and he was room
temperature Canadian beef.
21. She had a deep throaty genuine laugh like that sound a
dog makes just before he throws up.
22. 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.
23. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and
she was the East River.
24. Even in his last years, grandpappy had a mind like a
steel trap, only one that had been left out so long,
it had rusted shut.
25. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
26. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But
unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
27. Young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from
not eating for a while.
28. "Oh, Jason, take me!" she panted, her breasts heaving
like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night.
29. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame
duck, either, but a really duck that was actually
lame. Maybe from stepping on a landmine or something.
30. The Ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended
one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire
31. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing
kids with power tools.
32. He was deeply in love when she spoke, he thought he
heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing
33. She was as easy as the TV guide crossword.
34. She walked into my office like a centipede with 98
35. Her voice had that tense grating quality, like a
generation thermal paper fax machine that needed a
36. It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you
accidentally staple it to the wall.
High School Similes