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Stylistic devices: simile


What is a simile?

A simile is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, often introduced with the word "like" or "as". It takes the form of:

  • X is (not) like Y
  • X is (not) as Y
  • X is (not) similar to Y

Examples of simile:

  • He fights like a lion.
  • He swims as fast as a fish.
  • He slithers like a snake.
  • "My dad was a mechanic by trade when he was in the Army, When he got the tools out, he was like a surgeon."

See also: Metaphor

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