have the constitution of an ox

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have the constitution of an ox

To possess an unusually robust amount of strength, determination, and stamina, so as to be able to work extremely hard and/or overcome hardships or limiting factors (e.g., sickness, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, etc.). John works his farm single-handedly every day, from sunup to sundown; he must have the constitution of an ox! Mary has the constitution of an ox—she's had more drinks than any of us, and she still seems completely sober. Janice was bedridden with the flu over the weekend, but she must have the constitution of an ox because she was right back in the office first thing Monday morning.
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My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn't play ball" The Duchess of Cambridge on picking up a hockey stick again "I would hope that my successor has the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros" The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, announcing that he would be standing down at the end of the year "Chinese meals to take away or sit in" Notice spotted outside a restaurant in Ellesmere Port
I think that it is a job of immense demands and I would hope that my successor has the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros, really.