What is a simile?

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A simile is a literary device used to compare one thing to another.  Normally, a simile uses the word, "like," or "as."  For example:  "He ran like a barefoot boy in a prickly pear patch."  "The baby was as cute as a speckled puppy."  Both these sentences are similes.

"He was rich as a Wall Street CEO."

"The child's face was smooth as silk."

"Tim was funnier than a cat wearing mittens."  ("than" can also be used)

"Tony was as tall as a sequoia tree."

"Santa's belly shook like a bowl full of jelly."

Just look for comparisons using "like," "as," and "than."  You should have no trouble identifying similes.

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