strong as an ox

(as) strong as an ox

Possessing great physical strength. (Oxen were traditionally used as work animals.) You should get Bert to help you move all this furniture—he's strong as an ox. If you go to the gym every day, you too will be as strong as an ox.
See also: ox, strong

strong as an ox

If someone is as strong as an ox, they are extremely strong. Big Beppe, as everybody calls him, is enormous for his age and as strong as an ox. Note: You can replace ox with the name of another large animal, for example horse or bull. Despite his age, Tom was as strong as a bull.
See also: ox, strong
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He rose from the valleys Reaching the top of his career Taking on all challengers No man did he fear Fighting fire with fire The Welshman blazed a trail Becoming British champion Bringing glory to Ebbw Vale Known as the matchstick man Because he was tall and thin But he was as strong as an ox With an iron will to win Then an offer came his way For a World Title fight Little did he know It was to be his last fight Matched with a Mexican By the name of Lupe Pintor Sadly he never recovered When Lupe knocked him to the floor Many years have passed Since that very sad day But memories of Johnny Will never fade away by T.
THE mistress of rescued Chilean miner Yonni Barrios told last night how they had sex as he recovered in hospital - and he was "as strong as an ox".
"They said he was weak - but he was as strong as an ox. I was in heaven."
THE mistress of rescued miner Yonni Barrios boasted yesterday about their first night of passion since his release - saying he was "strong as an ox".
He was as strong as an ox. I felt like I was in heaven."
Chef Merin Hodgkinson, described as "strong as an ox" by his family, died in his sleep days after he started getting chest pains.
He said: "I'm as strong as an ox but I can't get the start right.
One could say I have been blessed with an "easy" body: well-proportioned, long-limbed, flexible, ample turnout, decent feet, and strong as an ox. Critics always comment on my musculature, uniformly describing me as "powerful" and "strong." One labeled me "Amazon," which would be empowering if I were trying to be a female wrestler, not a sylph or a swan.
She said: "She's as strong as an ox and she's got a lovely following.
A friend said: "Terry was a big lad as strong as an ox. He was always smiling.
Viduka is as strong as an ox and has, as the old saying goes, "a great touch for a big man".
They said he was weak but he was as strong as an ox. I felt like I was in heaven."
STRONG AS AN OX: James Roby was immense for Saints against Bradford; Round five tips Wigan, Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Wakefield to win
He's as strong as an ox and mentally he's very adaptable.
She looked like she was underweight, but she was strong as an ox."