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heart of oak

A trait said to belong to a very emotionally and/or mentally strong person. I don't know how a soldier does it—he or she must have a heart of oak. My brother has a heart of oak and has remained totally calm while coping with his wife's sudden illness.
See also: heart, oak, of

all oak and iron bound

In good health. Yes, I was sick a few weeks ago, but I'm all oak and iron bound now.
See also: all, and, bound, iron, oak

all oak and iron bound and *sound as a barrel

Rur. in good health; feeling good. (*Also: as ~.) Tom: How are you today? Bill: All oak and iron bound, thank you. Jane made a wonderful recovery from her surgery, and now she's as sound as a barrel.
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Great oaks from little acorns grow, and Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

Prov. Immense things can come from small sources. Don't tell lies, not even small ones. Great oaks from little acorns grow.
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Little strokes fell great oaks.

Prov. You can complete a large, intimidating task by steadily doing small parts of it. Jill: How can I possibly write a fifty-page report in two months? Jane: Just write a little bit every day. Little strokes fell great oaks.
See also: fell, great, little, oak, stroke

reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall

Prov. An insignificant, flexible person is more likely not to get hurt in a crisis than a prominent or rigid person. Our office has new managers now; I plan to be as inconspicuous as possible while they reorganize everyone. A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall.
See also: before, fall, lives, mighty, oak, reed, wind

Great/Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

something that you say in order to emphasize that a large, successful organization or plan was very small or simple when it began Microsoft, which is now the biggest independent software company in the world, was founded in 1975 by just two men. It goes to show that great oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, great, grow, little, oak


mod. OK; satisfactory; worthy. (Prisons.) That dude’s oaks.
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The introduction of the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Lightly Oaked Chardonnay is right in step with the growing consumer trend toward alternative white wines, giving Chardonnay drinkers something new to experience from a brand that they know and trust.
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Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2009 (Tesco, EUR6 widely available) is the archetypal tropical-fruited oaked Oz chardonnay, full of honeyed melon, pineapple and peach flavours - too much for some.
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WAYNE Rooney hasn't let a broken foot stop him from enjoying a dream holiday in suns oaked Barbados.
There is an unoaked version which I have not tried, but even though this is the oaked variation, there was only a smidge to be had; a very welcome departure from some of the huge beasts that can be found in Oz.