strong as an ox

To be strong as an ox means to be very strong physically or emotionally. Strong as an ox is another way to say strong as a bull, or someone who has a lot of physical strength. More literally, it refers to a persons physical strength and muscle mass but the phrase can also be used more figuratively, as to say someone is strong intellectually, emotionally or psychologically. If someone is able to handle hardships with grace, they might be considered to be strong as an ox as well.