liken (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

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liken (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

To represent or describe someone or something as being very similar to someone or something else. People keep likening him to Ronald Reagan for his particular political positions. I was really able to visualize it better after my teacher likened the chemical reaction to a football play.
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liken someone or something to someone or something

to compare someone or something to someone or something, concentrating on the similarities. He is strange. I can only liken him to an eccentric millionaire. The poet likened James to a living statue of Mercury.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I likened him to some great tiger, a beast of prowess and prey.
It is claimed she laughed at him and likened him to the legendary Grand National winner on May 13.
Morton Kondracke likened him to Neville Chamberlain and Maureen Dowd described him as a "therapist to the dictator set." Even worse, Clinton and Carter are now allegedly involved in a catfight with each other over who's the boss of what and who snubbed whom when.