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dumb ox

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dumb ox

noun phrase

A stupid, sluggish person, esp a hulking one

[1847+; oddly enough, this was the nickname given by his schoolfellow to Thomas Aquinas, not for stupidity but for stolid silence]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • They are said to have called him the dumb one, or sometimes because of his bulkiness even as a youth, the dumb ox.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh

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