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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Plain
 
  Plain as A. B. C. Anonymous  1
  Plain as a hat on a rack.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Plain as a steeple.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Plain as a pack-saddle.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Plain as the shepherd nymph in russet weeds.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Plain as two and two make four.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Plain as your own miniken-breeches.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  7
  As plain as noon-day.
            —George H. Boker
  8
  She dresses as plain as the lily that modestly grows in the valley.
            —Patrick Brontë
  9
  Plain as truth.
            —George Chapman
  10
  Plain as a demonstration in Euclid.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  11
  Her dress was as plain as an umbrella cover.
            —Joseph Conrad
  12
  Plain as plainness.
            —John Davies
  13
  As plain to everybody as the sun.
            —Charles Dickens
  14
  As plain as water’s water.
            —George Eliot
  15
  Plain as a pikestaff.
            —Samuel Foote
  16
  Plain as a dropped egg on a plate of hash.
            —Sewell Ford
  17
  Plain as the way to market.
            —Benjamin Franklin
  18
  Plain as the sunlight.
            —James Anthony Froude
  19
  As plain as the moral law.
            —Bret Harte
  20
  Plain as the man with lantern.
            —Thomas Hood
  21
  Plain as whisper in the ear.
            —Thomas Hood
  22
  Plain as the record on the prophet’s scroll.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  23
  As plain as a hole in a grindstone.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  24
  As plain as the round shield of the sun blazing on high.
            —James Huneker
  25
  Plain as print.
            —Samuel Lover
  26
  Plaine … as the high way.
            —John Lyly
  27
  Plain as the sun in heaven.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  28
  Plain … as a rudimentary sum in arithmetic.
            —George Meredith
  29
  Plain as the light in the sun or as the man in the moon.
            —Thomas Otway
  30
  Plain as a nose in a man’s face.
            —François Rabelais
  31
  Plain as the plain bald pate of Father Time himself.
            —William Shakespeare
  32
  Plain as way to parish church.
            —William Shakespeare
  33
  Plain and smooth like a Quaker’s meeting.
            —James Smith
  34
  Plain as the sun at noonday.
            —Laurence Sterne
  35
  Plain as the glistening planets shine when winds have cleared the skies.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  36
  Plain as a weed.
            —Bayard Taylor
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