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olly olly oxen free

A phrase used to indicate that it is OK to come home or to a home base. It is commonly used in children's games. All the kids ran back to the starting point when Brian yelled, "Olly olly oxen free!"
See also: free, olly, oxen

dumb ox

Someone who is large in size and is apt to behave stupidly. Usually used of a man. Can you believe that dumb ox is still pushing the door marked "pull"? Yeah, he's a linebacker for the football team, but he's no dumb ox—he's at the top of his class academically.
See also: 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

All-y all-y oxen free!

It's safe to return home. This hide-and-seek and kick-the-can game catchphrase assures players that they can return to the starting point without penalty. Generations of mothers summoned children home to supper by standing on the porch and yelling the phrase.
See also: oxen
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TICKER See, on this planet, oxen gon' be oxen and we can't change that.
If you are serious about wanting to train a team, one of the best sources of detailed information (covering everything from selection of a team, care of oxen and training techniques, to the needed equipment and how to work oxen) is Drew Conroy's book Oxen: A Teamster's Guide (Blue Mountain Press, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada 2013; clegged@gmail.
The astrologer then predicts the coming agricultural outlook based on which trays the oxen choose.
A team of oxen, though, helps some farmers lift themselves out of poverty when compared with fanning by hand labor alone.
But Audree already had experience with training oxen and knew about their nature.
Defenders of Wildlife warns that drilling will likely disturb the historic birthing grounds of oxen and caribou, resulting in lower birthrates.
Thus, in African ritual for example, transitions between the old and a new social order famously involve the sacrifice of oxen (Kuper 1961, chap.
278), I was struck with a question: Do the oxen form a psychological attachment to their oxpeckers (and vice versa)?
That might have scared the other oxen and started a stampede
After burning their covered wagons because their oxen were dying and they couldn't get them over the Panamint Mountains rimming Death Valley, the Illinois men, who called themselves ``Jayhawkers,'' took from Dec.
Times of wonder and joy come alive when we remember the details of shepherds and kings, oxen and hay, Joseph and Mary, all gathered around the infant lying peacefully on a manger.
Our early ancestors also grasped an important fact about oxen that small farmers of today sometimes forget.
Happy the Swedish nation All her days Happy sensation We will become the most beautiful People on earth What truly are oxen But men of great worth Transformed to four-legg'd creatures With bestial naive features But these are changed by love