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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References in classic literature ?
As he timed it with his watch, Bassett likened it to the trump of an archangel.
And he had likened it to the first of the sea breeze setting in the afternoon after a scorching hot morning.
Some commentators have likened it to the days when idealistic young Welshmen went off to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
Summary: X Factor winner Matt Cardle says he understands Janet Devlin's criticism of the show after she likened it to a "karaoke contest".
He said the violence he'd committed "did not feel real" and likened it to a violent arcade video game.
He said the issue has been difficult for the global church, which embraces different social viewpoints; he likened it to Pope Paul VI's controversial and unexpected decision to ban the birth-control pill in 1968."
I've always likened it to a boiling pot, and she's the steam that escaped the pot."