As . . . as

so . . . as
. used with an adjective or adverb to show similarity or equality of one thing with another. the
as . . . as
construction appears in numerous similes, including the idioms
as rich as croesus, as big as life, as good as done
. (in this book, when such idioms occur without the first
, they can be found under the adjective or adverb,

rich as . . .
big as . . .
good as . . .

; etc.; those that do not, like
as far as, as long as, as well as
, are found at
below.) the construction
so . . . as
is often preferred in negative statements like
i couldn’t sleep, not so much as a wink
, a usage dating from the 1200s. also see
as far as

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