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"The very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric."
"Why, man, they both bestride the narrow world like a Colossus."
"But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile."Charles Dickens, in the opening to A Christmas Carol.
"Vincent is as strong as a lion"
A simile can explicitly provide the basis of a comparison or leave this basis implicit. In the implicit case the simile leaves the audience to determine for themselves which features of the target are being predicated. It may be a type of sentence that uses 'as' or 'like' to connect the words being compared.
She is like a candy so sweet.
He is like a refiner's fire.
Her eyes twinkled like stars.
He fights like a lion.
He runs like a cheetah.
She is fragrant like a rose.
Gareth is like a lion when he gets angry.
“For hope grew round me, like the twining vine,” (Coleridge - Dejection)
"And the executioner went off like an arrow." -Alice in Wonderland
The use of 'as' makes the simile more explicit.
She walks as gracefully as a cat.
He was as hungry as a lion.
He was as mean as a bull.
That spider was as fat as an elephant.
Cute as a kitten.
As busy as a bee.
As snug as a bug in a rug.
Eyes as big as dinner plates.
Without 'like' or 'as'
Sometimes similes are submerged, used without using comparative words ('like' or 'as').