AS TOUGH AS OLD BOOTS
Not a very pleasant comparison as for how much it takes to be described as old boots. :) This simile means being very strong and not easily injured physically or mentally. It may also refer to food and then the meaning is very difficult to chew, very hard; in Polish we also have a similar expression and it is 'twardy jak skała/stal/dąb/diament'. English, for some reason, compares toughness to old boots... Isn't it a bit weird?
- He was as tough as old boots, but as sentimental as anything when telling his tales of growing up in the old East End.
- I bought a large lamb kebab last night, the lamb was as TOUGH AS OLD BOOTS.
- That steak I had was as tough as old boots.
- Off-putting appearance, but he was as tough as 'old boots.
- He was as tough as old boots both on the field and off, and yet was very dapper with it and showed an early interest in curios, antiques and restoration.
- Reg is a real fighter by nature, he is as tough as old boots and will not give in...
Why do you think you're as tough as old boots?