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The very common fixed figurative expression as ______ as a(n) ___ is often used in informal conversation.Here are more examples, comments on meanings, andnotes on how the examples might be used:

as _____ as a(n) _____ (#3)

as heavy as a ton of bricks: very heavy. (A ton is2,000 pounds--which is very heavy.)

What do you have in your suitcase?It's as heavy as a ton of bricks! I canbarely lift it!

as light as a feather: very light. (A single featherusually weighs almost nothing.)

When Bobby was younger, he was as lightas a feather and I could lift him with noproblems at all. As he's grown older andgrown bigger, however, that's all changed.Now I can't lift him at all!

as poor as a church mouse: very poor; having noextra money at all.

Please don't ask Tony to donate any money.He's a very generous fellow, but he's alsoas poor as a church mouse and reallydoesn't have any money to spare.

as quick as a wink: very quickly; taking almostno time. ("Wink" means to close one eye very quickly.)

Could you help me move this chair?I know you don't have much time,but I promise that we'll be finishedas quick as a wink.

as quiet as a mouse: very quiet.

Yes, you can study with me in my room,but you'll have to be as quiet as a mouse.I have to study, too, and I won't be ableto concentrate if there's very much noise.

as rare as hen's teeth: very rare. (describes somethingthat is very unlikely to happen)

In Phoenix, Arizona it almost never snowsduring the winter. Snow in Phoenix is asrare as hen's teeth.



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