What are some similes in chapters 9-12 of The Outsiders?

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A simile is a comparison between two things that are actually unlike but that have something in common. Like metaphors, similes are figures of speech. Similes, however, contain the words like or as. There are at least three similes in chapter nine of S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders. In the beginning of the chapter, the greasers are preparing for the rumble against the Socs and Ponyboy is asking each one of them why they like to fight. Sodapop replies that fighting was "Like a drag race or a dance" because for Sodapop those things, like fighting, have an element of fun in them. Ponyboy later concludes that "Soda fought for fun." Before the rumble, the boys are excited and Darry starts to do acrobatic moves on the front lawn when Steve joins him by doing a back flip. Ponyboy describes Steve as "Screeching like an Indian" as he runs across the lawn. Later, at the rumble, just before the boys fight the Socs, Ponyboy describes Darry both literally and figuratively as he compares the stare in his brother's eyes to ice: "He stood there, tall, broad shouldered, his muscles taut under his T-shirt and his eyes glittering like ice." 

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