As mad as a box of frogs

The title of this post is an example of a simile, a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds, and which usually starts with as or like. Some examples of well know similes include, as slippery as an eel, as busy as a bee, as thick as two short planks, and as easy as falling off a log.

The word simile comes from the Latin simile (something similiar) from similis (like).

Here are a few less well know / freshly minted ones:

as reliable as a fox wearing a cravat
as dextrous as an octopus using seven pairs of scissors
as easy as herding cats
as spotty as a teenage leopard
as doomed to failure as a bouncy castle birthday party for hedgehogs
like a duck to custard
like lambs to the mint sauce
as big as a very big thing
as happy as a Frenchman who’s invented a pair of self-removing trousers (from Black Adder)

Have you spotted or coined any interesting or bizarre similes recently?

This entry was posted in Language, Similes, Words and phrases.

9 Responses to As mad as a box of frogs

  1. TJ says:

    I don’t have similes that I know myself … but maybe you will find this page interesting!

  2. Simon says:

    Go raibh maith agat. Here’s one that’s similiar to the title of this post:

    Chomh cantalach le mála easóg (As bad-tempered as a bag of weasels).

    Other interesting similes on that site include:

    Chomh meidhreach le dreoilín teaspaigh (As cheerful as a grasshopper)

    Chomh ríméadach le cat a mbeadh póca air (As overjoyed/jubilant as a cat who had a pocket)

  3. TJ says:

    Fáilte romhat! 🙂

  4. Shawn says:

    Two of my personal favorites:

    Blinking like a toad in a hail storm.

    Dumb as a box of rocks with the good ones taken out.

  5. Sue says:

    Quiet as a mouse pissing on cotton

  6. The Like or As Man says:

    You might check out, a new wiki that collects and tags similes from prose, poetry, etc. There’s a complete list, for example, of similes from Cormac McCarthy’s chilling new book “The Road.” There’s a companion blog,, that pulls similes from the popular press and other non-literary sources. (Interesting blurbs, for instance, on the Borat film, similewise, that is.

  7. bJ says:

    As bent as an arabs dagger

  8. New Zealand Coffee Lover says:

    “happy as a tornado in a trailer park”- Mater, Cars

  9. Jake says:

    From “The Greatest Game Ever Played”

    I slept like a baby (I woke up every two hours and cried).

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