To gather strength from the earth. The reference is to Antæos,
son of Poseidon and Ge, a giant and wrestler of Libya (Africa). So long
as he touched the earth his strength was irresistible. Hercules,
knowing this, lifted him into the air and crushed him to death. Near
the town of Tingis, in Mauritania, is a hill in the shape of a man, and
called The hill of Antæos. Tradition says it is the wrestler's
tomb. (See Maleger.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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