strong as a horse

*strong as a horse

 and *strong as an ox; *strong as a lion
Cliché [of a living creature] very strong. (*Also: as ~.) Jill: My car broke down; it's sitting out on the street. Jane: Get Linda to help you push it; she's as strong as a horse. The athlete was strong as an ox; he could lift his own weight with just one hand. The football player was strong as a lion.
See also: horse, strong
References in classic literature ?
Oh, nonsense," said the Vicar, "she's as strong as a horse.
Call up Ariel, who is as strong as a horse, and tell her to hold me.
Wal, now, just think on 't," said the trader; "just look at them limbs,--broad-chested, strong as a horse.