dumb ox

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
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He was called 'the dumb ox,' because he was such a big fellow and because he was so quiet that they thought that he was a slow learner.
He said his favorite Chesterton work is "The Dumb Ox," a biography of St.
Does this mean that we are all called to become Thomistic literate, donkey companions of the 'dumb ox,' (his nickname) shock troops in this task of resoursement which was meant to be the strong swimming stroke for the co-task of confident dialogue with our contemporaries?
All the crew had dived over the rail to rescue him although the dumb ox could swim like a fish as the Mate had angrily pointed out to the other dumb oxen before sending them below to change their dripping clothes.
January 28: Feast of the Saint the Size of a Sumo Wrestler, Who Memorized All Scripture in Two Years, Was Nicknamed the Dumb Ox, Prayed So Hard He Floated Into the Air (Despite His Being Bigger Than a Bus) and Heard Christ Say From the Crucifix: "Thou Hast Written Well of Me," Which Certainly Made His Day (Thomas Aquinas).
It is not done by the real painters - it does not fit in with the public's conception of the painter as a dumb ox."
O'Meara's careful research dispels popular notions about Thomas, including his supposed physical girth, that he was ever called a "dumb ox" or regarding the circumstances of his death.