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UGLY

UGLY AS SIN
ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING THAT A PERSON IS UGLY IS TO SAY THAT HE OR
SHE IS 'UGLY AS SIN'

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY ; INSULT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERB

APPLE PIE WITHOUT THE CHEESE
IS LIKE A KISS WITHOUT A SQUEEZE!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM AN ASHTRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; GO-TOGETHERS MATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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COMPARISON

APPLE PIE WITHOUT SOME CHEESE
IS LIKE A KISS WITHOUT A SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; GO-TOGETHERS MATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.700
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERB PHRASE

AS BIG AS ALL OUTDOORS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COSMOS

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PHRASE

AS BLACK AS THE ACE OF SPADES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GAMES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COMPARISON

AS BLIND AS A BAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS BLUE AS THE SKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; COSMOS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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BROAD SHOULDERS

AS BROAD BETWEEN THE SHOULDERS AS A HERRING IS BETWEEN THE EYES.
(DESCRIBING A GUY WITH SLENDER SHOULDERS.)

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER EVA HARMON
OF FRENCH DESCENT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FISH ; HUMAN BODY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS COLD AS A WITCH'S TIT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NEW ROCHELLE

Keyword(s): CLIMATE ; DEFINITION ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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MORAL PROVERB

AS DELICIOUS AS NINE HONEYS.
PRIEZ ADSIAI (LITHUANIAN)

Submitter comment: ONE HONEY IS DELICIOUS BY ITSELF BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE NINE OF THEM?
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Data entry tech comment: CATHERINE, YOU'RE A HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; INSECT ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS DRUNK AS A SKUNK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; RHYME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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SMASHED

AS FLAT AS A PANCAKE

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): SHAPE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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COMPARISON

AS GENTLE AS A LAMB.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COMPARISON

AS GRACEFUL AS A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY CLUMSINESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS INDEPENDENT AS A HOG ON ICE.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; CLIMATE ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS IRISH AS PADDY'S PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME: PADDY ; NATIONALISM ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS A HATTER.

James Callow comment: SEE "ALICE IN WONDERLAND." HATTERS ARE SOMETIMES
DRIVEN MAD BY THE CHEMICALS THEY USE IN PROCESSING
FELT, (MATERIAL FOR HATS) I'VE HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

AS NEAT AS WAX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS NERVOUS AS A CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HUMAN CREATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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