I have a sentence that I would like to complete. The sentence is:

"I was drawn to this moving creature like _______ "

Let's say the moving creature is an insect I had never seen before.

I am searching for a phrase that describes curious attraction or just attraction. All I could come up with right now are: like moon to the earth, and like a kitten to a ball of wool. Any suggestions people?

  • Like a magnet, would that work? – Bread Jun 9 '18 at 18:16
  • moving creature: that moves, or moving creature: that moves you (emotionally). Like Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party. There's always something in Lewis Caroll. Like the crew drawn to hunting the snark. There is no better author from whom to draw quirky inspiration than this paragon. – Lambie Jun 9 '18 at 18:42
  • '... like a fly to manure' is a fixed phrase (coinings would be off-topic as not reflecting established usage), but doesn't work well here. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 9 '18 at 21:54
  • @Lambie moving creature: that moves (physically). And sorry, this may be a mortal sin but I haven't read Lewis Caroll yet. So I can't draw an inspiration from his work. – Breamhall Jun 10 '18 at 7:25
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    I still haven't got a good answer, people. – Breamhall Jun 11 '18 at 2:38

like a moth to a flame (idioms.thefreedictionary.com):

  • If a person is attracted to someone or something like a moth to a flame, they are strongly attracted to them.

Note: This expression is very variable. For example, you can talk about moths around a flame, or replace flame with candle.

Men flock around her like moths around a flame.

(Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary)

  • With intense and immediate interest.

Whenever I park my Ferrari, there's inevitably someone who wants to come gawk at it, like a moth to a flame.

(Farlex Dictionary of Idioms)

  • Thanks Mahmud. But I feel the phrase moth to a flame describes a relationship that is destructive to one of the parties involved. And that is not the sentiment I want my sentence to carry. – Breamhall Jun 9 '18 at 18:10
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    @Breamhall , I don't think the idiom has such a connotation. See the example sentences from the cited dictionaries. Both the sentences do not indicate a 'destructive relation', whereas they show the attraction and curiosity in the exact sense. – mahmud koya Jun 9 '18 at 18:18
  • It's certainly got that connotation. In fact, PhraseFinder includes this in the denotation: 'Irresistably and dangerously attracted to something or someone'. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 9 '18 at 21:47
  • @EdwinAshworth Oxford has a similar definition, but it doesn’t have connotations of danger, only irresistibility. I agree with mahmud koya. – user305707 Aug 9 '18 at 5:19
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    @EdwinAshworth And I consider Oxford more authoritative than “PhraseFinder.” – user305707 Aug 9 '18 at 5:20

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