2. Usable heat or power: The school consumed too much energy last year.
- Adrenaline bubbling in my veins like grease in a deep fryer —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Adrenaline flooded through me like water through a storm drain —Sue Grafton
- Adrenaline flowing like electricity —W. P. Kinsella
- Alger-like energy —Hortense Calisher
- As brisk as a bee in a tar-pot —Thomas Fuller
The condensed version of this, “Brisk as a bee,” can be traced back to Boswell’s Life of Dr. Johnson. where it was used to describe someone’s conversational style. A variation (also from Fuller’s collection of aphorisms) is, “As brisk as a body louse.” Bracing as an Alpine breeze —Israel Zangwill (Suddenly this spring he’s) bursting with energy, like the daffodils on the White House lawn —James Reston about Ronald Reagan, New York Times. March 30, 1986 Electricity dripping from me like cream —Diane Wakoski Energetic and tireless … like a shouting insect, some kind of queen aunt —J. B. Priestly Energetic … an explosion of vitality, rather like a teapot set not to boil over but to bubble and steam —Charles Johnson (Feeling as) energetic as a licensed jester —Clarence Major Energy burned off him like a light —Pat Conroy (Quick, incisive) energy like quicksilver in the veins —Joan Chase Energy … like the biblical grain of mustard-seed, will remove mountains —Hosea Ballou Energy sings like a tea kettle —Marge Piercy Energy … thin and sharp like gravy —Diane Wakoski Full of pep as an electric fan —Anon (Little Billie was full of piss and vinegar and) full of sap as a
maple tree —Robert Penn Warren
In Warren’s long poem, The Ballad of Billie Potts. the maple tree comparison is followed by another simile: “And full of tricks as a lop-eared pup.” Full of vitality … like a lighted candle —Rachel Ingalls Had a brisk air of bristle, like a terrier bitch —Angela Carter He’s like 220 pounds worth of Duracell batteries —Mike Jameson, commenting on the untiring energy of boxer Mike Tyson, quoted in Newsday column by Paul Ballot, December 27, 1986 Hum with unspent power, like a machine left to run —Mary Gordon (He is) just like a blob of mercury —Alice James writing from Europe about her brother William to her father and her brother Henry in America, 1889 Like an old volcano, which has pretty nearly used up its fire and brimstone, but is still boiling and bubbling —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Like the grass and trees and other growing things, they were quivering and glistening with vitality —Dorothy Canfield Fisher Refreshing, like rain at the end of a muggy day —Jay Mclnerney Rings with vitality, like ax-strokes on oak —Dorothy Canfield Fisher Sparks and twinkles like a jarred lightning bug —Sharon Sheehe Stark
The comparison refers to a lively four-year-old girl in a story entitled The Johnstown Polka. Vigorous as a run-over cat —Marge Piercy Vitality … like a hot flame that burnt him with an unendurable fury —W. Somerset Maugham (She had a) vitality that warmed you like a blazing fire —W. Somerset Maugham Warm with life as the waters of a tropic sea —Beryl Markham
The capacity for doing work.
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