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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"From my short examination, I should say that he had the constitution of an ox. I have told him that he will be up in three days.
You, on the contrary, have the constitution of an ox, the muscles of a bull, and the wind of an ostrich.
Even if you have the constitution of an ox, do you really want to be responsible for someone you love falling seriously ill?
The haluhalo is obviously a hit with those for whom it's a taste of home and, like the three-meals-in-a-stick-of-gum of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame, is an extremely hearty concoction -- always a plus (providing you have the constitution of an ox and the sugar tolerance of a five-year-old).
"For a guy who is as tough as he is, he hasn't the constitution of an ox."
"He's got the constitution of an ox, but his health is going to suffer - he needs to come off alcohol and stay sober to have some future." Magistrates deferred sentencing him to give him a chance to improve his conduct.
Club House was running for the second time in 48 hours and Richard Ryan, representing trainer Robert Mills, said the winner "has the constitution of an ox".
Welby is seen as more conservative than Williams, who famously said when he announced his retirement last March that his successor would need "the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros."
He has also said the role requires "the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros".
"You have to be cross-referencing all the time and saying, 'How does the vision of humanity and community in the Bible map onto these issues of poverty, privation, violence and conflict?' "And you have to use what you read in the newspaper to prompt and direct the questions that you put to the Bible: 'Where is this going to help me?"' Dr Williams, who is expected to step down as Archbishop in March, added: "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."
Even the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is high-tailing it back to the relatively peaceful hills of academia, has remarked that his successor had "better have the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros" [Anglican Journal, May 2012, p.
Dr Williams added: "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.
"Malcolm was a strong man with the constitution of an ox - he was never, ever sick.
"You have to have the constitution of an ox. Most people do not seem to last the course.
'Rick's got the constitution of an ox,' says Francis, of his band mate's flagrant disregard of doctors' warnings to change his wild ways, even after undergoing tests for suspected throat cancer late last year.
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