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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Ox
 
A long ox, a short horse.  1
An old ox makes a straight furrow.  French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese.  2
An old ox will find a shelter for himself.  3
An ox when he is loose licks himself at pleasure.  4
Even he gets on who is drawn by oxen.  Danish.  5
He has hay upon his horn. (The ancients thus marked mischievous oxen.)  6
He takes the bull by the horns; i.e., grapples boldly with the difficulty.  7
He who greases his cart-wheels helps his oxen.  Spanish.  8
He who has lost his oxen is always hearing bells.  Spanish.  9
If an ox won’t drink you cannot make him bend his neck.  Chinese.  10
If the ox fall, whet your knife.  11
Is the crow aware of the pain it occasions in picking the sore of an ox?  12
It is easy to frighten a bull from the window.  Italian.  13
It is not the best oxen that do the best day’s work.  14
No need to seek shelter for an old ox.  Spanish.  15
Old oxen have stiff horns.  Danish.  16
Old oxen tread hard.  German.  17
Ox, keep to your grass.  18
The black ox never trod on his feet; i.e., he never knew sorrow or adversity.  19
The fierce ox becomes tame on strange ground.  Spanish.  20
The ox comes to the yoke at the call of his feeder.  Spanish.  21
The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master’s crib.  Bible.  22
The ox that tossed me threw me into a good place.  Spanish, Portuguese.  23
The ox when weariest treads surest.  24
The ox without a bell is soon lost.  Spanish.  25
The tired ox plants his foot firmly.  Spanish.  26
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.  Bible.  27
To what place must the ox go where he must not plough.  Spanish.  28
When the ox falls there are many will help to kill him.  29
Who leads an ox to drink must first wet his own feet.  Chinese.  30
You need not find a shelter for an old ox.  31
 
 
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