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as . . . as

Also,
so . . . as
. Used with an adjective or adverb to show similarity or equality of one thing with another. The
as . . . as
construction appears in numerous similes, including the idioms
as rich as Croesus, as big as life, as good as done
. (In this book, when such idioms occur without the first
as
, they can be found under the adjective or adverb,
; etc.; those that do not, like
as far as, as long as, as well as
, are found at
as
below.) The construction
so . . . as
is often preferred in negative statements like
I couldn't sleep, not so much as a wink
, a usage dating from the 1200s. Also see
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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