A is a figure of speech that compares two different things using ‘like' or ‘as' to highlight similarities explicitly.

Think of the word “” as being related to “similar.” This is similar to that.

‘Busy as a bee'

uses a to compare someone's level of activity to the ceaseless energy of a bee.

‘Brave as a lion,'

suggests that someone is courageous.

Colorful similes are invaluable in speech and because they create vivid images in the minds of listeners or readers, making descriptions more impactful and .

We've all had to sit through long, unbearable lectures.

“Oh my God! That was like being eaten by an ant!”

And that guy who thinks he knows what he's talking about?

“Sharp as a bowling ball!”

Then there's that person—we all know someone like this—who always says something insensitive or inappropriate:

“Subtle as a flying brick!”

Humorous similes—outrageous comparisons—offer an excellent way to spice up your next speech.