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Figures of Speech for Detective Fiction Simile: By the end of the day, I felt as worn out as a hunk of chewing gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Metaphor: I was yesterday’s newspaper crumpled at the bottom of a trash can. Copyright 2010 © by Gamehinge Copyright 2010 © by Gamehinge
Similes I waited impatiently in the hotel lobby while minutes flew by like... invisible fingers were holding back the hands of the clock. (Irony) Copyright © 2010 by Gamehinge
When the witness smiled, her gold tooth beamed like... a hundred-watt light bulb.
After she strolled by, her perfume lingered on the air like... a plume of exhaust from a passing car. (Irony)
As I tried to plan my next move, ideas were swarming in my head like... yellow jackets in a hive.
With his bowtie and red shoes, the suspect was about as low-profile as... a circus clown in a Sunday choir. (Irony)
Although he claimed he was innocent, the guy was as jittery as... a blind man crossing the street during rush-hour traffic.
His handshake and smile were as pleasant as... a tarantula’s bite. (Irony)
It was easy following him up the winding stairway in the empty building because his footsteps sounded like... shotgun blasts.
Chasing the guy for two blocks, I felt my heart pounding like... a jackhammer ripping up concrete.
Just as I caught up to him, he turned and pounced like... a hungry cougar catching its prey.
I opened my eyes to the sound of thunder. I was soaking wet and when I looked up, rain pelted me in the face like... a fistful of bullets.
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