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PROVERB

IT'S AS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL.

Submitter comment: NO MOVEMENT, QUIET.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

SHE'S AS FAIR AS THE DAY IS LONG.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO BEAUTY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

SHE/HE IS AS FAT AS A PIG.

Submitter comment: USUALLY REFERRING TO CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT OVERWEIGHT BUT
QUITE HUSKY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE/SHE IS AS FREE AS A BIRD.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO HAVING NO RESTRAINTS OR RESPONSIBILITIES.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

IT'S AS GENTLE AS A LAMB.

Submitter comment: USUALLY REFERS TO ANIMALS.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE'S A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT.

Submitter comment: HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN TO STOP.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE'S AS HIGH AS A KITE.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO ONE WHO HAS DRUNK A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

IT'S COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE THE BALLS OFF A BRASS MONKEY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

I'M AS NERVOUS AS A CAT IN A ROOM FULL OF ROCKERS.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF THE CAT GETTING ITS TAIL
PINCHED BY THE RUNNER OF THE ROCKING CHAIR.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

NO USE TO CRY OVER SPILT MILK.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO GRIEVING AFTER AN UNAVOIDABLE ACCIDENT
OR MISTAKE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

THE ONLY THINGS FOR SURE IN LIFE ARE DEATH AND TAXES.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE/SHE/IT'S AS QUICK AS GREASED LIGHTNING.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

SHE/HE IS RUNNING AROUND LIKE A CHICKEN WITH ITS HEAD
CUT OFF.

Submitter comment: A GREAT DEAL OF MOTION, BUT NO ACCOMPLISHMENT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE'S RUNNING LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL.

Submitter comment: MOVING QUICKLY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SACRASTIC REMARK

SHE'S SUCH A POOR COOK, SHE CAN'T BOIL WATER WITHOUT
BURNING IT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING

SHE THINKS HER ASS WEIGHS A TON.

Submitter comment: REFERRING TO SOMEONE WHO THINKS THAT SHE IS QUITE
IMPORTANT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB: SARCASTIC SAYING

YOU'RE AS SLOW AS MOLLASSES IN JANUARY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS COLLECTOR'S DECEASED FATHER.

Data entry tech comment: MOLASSES

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE/SHE/IT IS AS STIFF AS A BOARD.

Submitter comment: CAN REFER TO ANYTHING WHICH IS NOT QUITE FLEXIBLE--
CLOTHES LEFT ON THE LINE IN COLD WEATHER, JOINTS OF
THE BODY WHICH ARE SORE, ETC.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

HE'S AS STRONG AS AN OX.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO ANYBODY POSSESSING BRUTE STRENGTH.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

STRONG BACK, WEAK MIND.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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