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VIE on Similes 2014


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VIE on Similes 2014

  1. 1. A comparison of two things by using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’
  2. 2. Similes • An expression that describes something by comparing it with something else, using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’. • The comparison points out a similarity between the two, which allows us to understand the first thing better.
  3. 3. Similes • Writers, especially poets, use similes to point out new and interesting ways of viewing the world. • Their use of similes provides us with vivid mental pictures that make their thoughts and perspectives more accessible.
  4. 4. Similes – 31 Mar like a bad taste on his tongue Difficult to accept, admit or bear The truth was like a bad taste on his tongue. like flat soda Lack satisfying sensation. Alan’s jokes were like flat soda to the children, surprisingly unpleasant.
  5. 5. Similes – 1 Apr like a magic wand Having the amazing ability Each dollar bill was a like a magic wand to cast away problems for the less fortunate. like I was speaking in a strange alien tongue Did not understand She looked at me like I was speaking in a strange alien tongue.
  6. 6. Similes – 2 Apr like gigantic concrete shoes Exaggerates the ‘heaviness’ of the burden to describe the great sense of relief felt When he lifted me up in his arms, I felt I had left all my troubles on the floor beneath me like gigantic concrete shoes. like a wedding cake left in the rain Projects the image of shapelessness and deterioration onto a human’s face in his old age My face looks like a wedding cake left in the rain.
  7. 7. Similes – 3 Apr like a sieve Used to emphasise that a person is very forgetful Joseph needs to remind Mikail about the test tomorrow as Mikail has a memory like a sieve. like a Trojan Used to describe a person who works extremely hard Gibson is working like a Trojan to ensure that he could ace the examination with his perseverance.
  8. 8. Similes – 4 Apr like a bolt from the blue Used to emphasise how suddenly and unexpectedly something happened The announcement that the firm had gone bankrupt was like a bolt from the blue to most of the workforce. as bright as a button Used to emphasise how intelligent or clever a person is Gregory was obviously as bright as a button and is able to understand the Science concepts immediately.
  9. 9. Similes – 7 Apr like a Cheshire cat Used to emphasise how widely a person is smiling Therese was smiling like a Cheshire cat when she knew that she had achieved excellent results for the examination. like clockwork Something that works very well or happens in exactly the desired way without problems The programme for Speech Day went like clockwork, largely thanks to the efficiency of the organising committee.
  10. 10. Similes – 8 Apr as cross as two sticks Used to emphasise how angry or bad-tempered a person is It is not a good day to ask your father for more pocket money. His football team has just lost and he is as cross as two sticks. as right as rain Used to emphasise that a person is perfectly well or healthy Even though Wesley’s hand is in a cast, he is as right as rain and is able to serve the ball in a volleyball match.
  11. 11. Similes – 9 Apr As different as chalk and cheese Used to emphasise how unalike two people are Wesley and Wilfred are brothers, but when it comes to personality, they are as different as chalk and cheese. As keen as mustard Used to emphasise how enthusiastic or eager a person is Busyar is as keen as mustard on doing well for the examination that she has started her revision earlier than usual.
  12. 12. Similes – 10 Apr like a duck to water Naturally good at something or find it very easy to do Aloysious took to driving like a duck to water and passed her test on her first attempt. like greased lightning Extremely fast Mark left the starting line like greased lightning, but he stumbled and fell halfway along the track.
  13. 13. Similes – 11 Apr like the back of your hand very familiar with it and know it extremely well Clement knows the similes like the back of his hand and he did very well for the VIE test. as honest as the day is long Used to emphasise how honourable, truthful or trustworthy a person is You can certainly trust what Hafiz says. He is as honest as the day is long.