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What is a simile and what are some examples of it?

A simile is a word or phrase by which anything is likened to something else. A simile is a figure of speech in which two quite unlike things are compared. A simile is often introduced by like or as. Examples are: happy as a clam, as easy as pie, and soft as sifted flour. It differs from a metaphor in that the comparison in a metaphor is implicit as in: Achilles is a lion, She's a tiger. He seems gruff but he's really just an old pussycat. The statement "that man is a fox" is a metaphor; but "that man is like a fox" is a simile.

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