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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He therefore proceeded immediately to castigation: and not contented with that he acquainted Mr Allworthy, at their next meeting, with this monstrous crime, as it appeared to him: inveighing against Tom in the most bitter terms, and likening him to the buyers and sellers who were driven out of the temple.
A FORMER care home worker yesterday denied putting big false teeth in a elderly resident's mouth and likening him to racehorse Red Rum.
She is alleged to have "cruelly and unnaturally" treated Robert Wilson or committed a breach of the peace last month by putting oversize teeth in his mouth, laughing at him and likening him to Red Rum.
A CARE home worker yesterday denied putting oversized false teeth in an elderly resident's mouth and likening him to famed racehorse Red Rum.