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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

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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