dumb ox

dumb ox

n. a large and stupid person, usually a man. Do you think I’m going to argue with that big dumb ox?
See also: dumb, ox
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He said his favorite Chesterton work is "The Dumb Ox," a biography of St.
Thomas Aquinas: the Dumb Ox, or Ralph McInerny's St.
January 28: Feast of the Saint the Size of a Sumo Wrestler, Who Memorized All Scripture in Two Years, Was Nicknamed the Dumb Ox, Prayed So Hard He Floated Into the Air (Despite His Being Bigger Than a Bus) and Heard Christ Say From the Crucifix: "Thou Hast Written Well of Me," Which Certainly Made His Day (Thomas Aquinas).
It is not done by the real painters - it does not fit in with the public's conception of the painter as a dumb ox.
For example, in their first essay, "Decoding Papa," Comley and Scholes examine the "network of codes behind the [Hemingway] Code" by establishing what they call "extravagant," but "responsible" connections between the use of the morpheme 'pa' and the figure textualized under that sign (8) in Philoctetes and The Wound and the Bow, The Magic Flute, and Der Rosenkavalier; they reread several of the Nick Adams narratives and "My Old Man" in terms of the decoded and juxtaposed explanations about paternity as a "cry of pain, leading to initiation," as a "sign of fecundity and earthly happiness," and as a "sexual predator and dumb ox.