kick like a mule

kick like a mule

 and kick like a steer
to kick very hard. They say that ostriches will kick like a mule if you bother them. Stay away from the back end of Tom's horse. It will kick like a steer when a stranger comes up.
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The top Christmas presents were a Johnny Hot Shot - a plastic footballer with a kick like a mule - and my first bike, a Boxer.
Yeoh is the best thing about the movie, playing a lethal weapon who can kick like a mule while breezily trading quips with 007.