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  1. a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. push or force; "He bulled through his demands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements); "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (informal) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. characterized by rising prices; "a bull market" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. advance in price; "stocks were bulling" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. The male of any species of cattle (Bovidae); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. One who operates in expectation of a rise in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise. See 4th Bear, n., 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st Bull, n., 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The center of a target. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated a die Incarnationis, i. e., from the day of the Incarnation. See Apostolical brief, under Brief. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The male of the species of animals of which the cow is the female; the male of various large animals, as the whale, elephant, etc.; in the stock market, one who endeavors to raise the price of stock; an official order by the Pope; as, a papal bull; a ridiculous contradiction in language. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. The male of the ox kind: a sign of the zodiac. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. Denoting largeness of size-used in composition, as bull-trout. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. An edict of the pope which has his seal affixed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. A ludicrous blunder in speech. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. The male of cattle; a sealed edict of the Pope; a blunder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. The male of domestic cattle or of some other animals. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. A dealer who seeks or expects higher prices. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. An official document of the Pope, sealed with a leaden seal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. A ridiculous contradiction in terms; a blundering statement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. Of a large size; male. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. The male of a bovine quadruped; Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac; one who nominally buys stock on the speculation of its rising in value. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. An edict of the Pope. See Bear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. A ludicrous inconsistency or blunder in speech. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. To try dishonestly to enhance the value of shares. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. A seal. See Bulla. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. The male of the cow kind; in Scrip., a fierce and powerful enemy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. A name at first applied to the seal attached to an edict of the Pope, but now applied to the edict itself; a blunder; in the Stock Exchange, those who try to raise the price of stocks are called bulls, and those who try to lower their price, bears. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  47. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's bulls and his professions of humility. mso.anu.edu.au
  48. In ecclesiastical law. An instrument granted by the pope of Rome, and sealed with a seal of lead, containiug some decree, commandment, or other public act, emanating from the pontiff. Bull, in this sense, corresponds with edict or letters patent from other governments. Cowell; 4 Bl. Comm. 110; 4 Steph. Comm. 177, 179. This is also a cant term of the Stock Exchange, meaning one who speculates for a rise in the market. thelawdictionary.org
  49. Eccles. law. A letter from the pope of Rome, written on parchment, to which is attached a leaden seal, impressed with the images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  50. There are three kinds of apostolical rescripts, the brief, the signature, and the bull, which last is most commonly used in legal matters. Bulls may be compared to the edicts and letters-patent of secular princes: when the bull grants a favor, the seal is attached by means of silken strings; and when to direct execution to be performed, with flax cords. Bulls are written in Latin, in a round and Gothic hand. Ayl. Par. 132; Ayl. Pand. 21; Mer. Rep. h. t. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
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  52. a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an expletive. dictgcide_fs
  53. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated i. e., Apostolical brief, under Brief. dictgcide_fs
  54. bool, n. the male of the ox kind: an old male whale, fur-seal, &c.: a sign of the zodiac: one who tries artificially and unduly to raise the price of stocks, and speculates on a rise.--adj. denoting largeness of size--used in composition, as bull-trout: favourable to the bulls, rising.--v.t. to try to raise, as the price of shares, artificially: to copulate with a cow, of a bull.--v.i. to be in heat, of a cow.--ns. BULL'-BAITING, the sport of baiting or exciting bulls with dogs; BULL'-BAT (U.S.), the night-hawk or goat-sucker; BULL'-BEEF, the beef or flesh of bulls, coarse beef: (Shak., in pl.) BULL'-BEEVES; BULL'-BEGG'AR, a hobgoblin, &c.; BULL'-CALF, a male calf: a stupid fellow, a lout; BULL'-DANCE, a dance of men only; BULL'DOG, a breed of dogs of great courage, formerly used for baiting bulls, its general appearance that of a smooth-coated, compact dog, low in stature, but broad and powerful, with a massive head, large in proportion to its body: a person of obstinate courage: a short-barrelled revolver of large calibre: a proctor's attendant at Oxford and Cambridge.--v.t. BULL'-DOSE (U.S.) to intimidate, bully: flog.--n. BULL'-D[=O]S'ER.--adj. BULL'-FACED, having a large face.--ns. BULL'-FIGHT, a popular spectacle in Spain, in which a bull is goaded to fury in a kind of circus by mounted picadores armed with lances, and finally despatched by a specially skilful espada or swordsman; BULL'-FIGHT'ER; BULL'-FINCH, a species of red-breasted finch a little larger than the common linnet, closely allied to the grossbeaks and crossbills: a kind of hedge hard to jump; BULL'-FROG, a large North American frog.--adj. BULL'-FRONT'ED, having a front or forehead like a bull.--n. BULL'-HEAD, or Miller's Thumb, a small river fish remarkable for its large, flat head.--adj. BULL'-HEAD'ED, impetuous and obstinate.--n. BULL'-HEAD'EDNESS.--adj. BULL'ISH.--ns. BULL'OCK, an ox or castrated bull; BULL'-ROAR'ER, a provincial English name for a boy's plaything, made of an oblong piece of wood, to one end of which a string is tied, then twisted tightly round the finger, when the whole is whirled rapidly round and round until a loud and peculiar whirring noise is produced--the native Australian turndun, the rhombos of the Greek mysteries; BULL'S'-EYE, the central boss formed in making a sheet of blown glass (hence adj. BULL'S'-EYED), a round piece of glass in a lantern, a policeman's lantern, a round opening or window: the centre of a target, of a different colour from the rest, and usually round: a thick lump of coloured or striped candy; BULL'-TERR'IER, a species of dog, a cross-breed between the bulldog and the terrier; BULL'-TROUT, a large trout of the salmon genus, also migratory in its habits, often called the Gray Trout; BULL'-WHACK, a heavy whip.--v.t. to lash with such.--n. BULL'WORT, the bishop's weed.--BULL INTO, to plunge hastily into.--A BULL IN A CHINA-SHOP, a synonym for a man who does harm through ignorance or fury, a man completely out of place.--TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS, to face a danger or difficulty with courage, to take the initiative boldly in a struggle. [M.E. bole, prob. Scand. bole, boli; most prob. cog. with BELLOW.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  55. bool, n. an edict of the pope which has his seal affixed.--adj. BULLAN'TIC--n. BULL'ARY, a collection of papal bulls. [L. bulla, a knob, a leaden seal.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  56. bool, n. a ludicrous blunder in speech implying some obvious absurdity or contradiction, often said to be an especial prerogative of Irishmen--'I was a fine child, but they changed me.' [Prob. O. Fr. boul, cheat.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  57. bool, n. drink made by pouring water into a cask that had held liquor. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  58. Uncastrated male of ox or any bovine animal (b. in china shop, reckless or clumsy destroyer; take b. by horns, meet not evade difficulty); male of whale, elephant, & other large animals (usu. b. whale or whale-b. &c.); constellation& sign Taurus; (St. Exch.) person trying to raise prices (see BEAR); (adj.) like that of a b. (b. head, neck, voice; also b. operations on St. Exch.); bullcalf, male calf, simpleton; bulldog, powerful& courageous large-headed smooth-haired breed of dog, tenacious& courageous (person), University proctor\'s attendant, gun or pistol (esp. of a certain pattern); [f. use in b.-baiting, or f. its b. head]; bullfight, Spanish sport of baiting b. with horsemen &c.; bullfinch, strong-beaked handsome-plumaged songbird, also[perh. =b. fence, of. minch dial. for mince] quickset hedge with ditch; bullfrog, large Amer. species; bullhead, small big-headed fish =Miller\'s thumb; b.-headed. obstinate, impetuous, blundering; b.-of-the-bog, bittern; b.-puncher (Austral.), bullock-driver; b.-pup, -bitch, young, female, bulldog; bullring, arena for bullfight; b.\'s-eye, boss of glass formed at centre of blown glass sheet, hemispherical piece or thick disk of glass as light in ship\'s side, hemi-spherical lens, (lantern) with such lens, small circular window. centre of target, kind of sweetmeat; b.-terrier, cross between bulldog& terrier; bulltrout, fish of salmon tribe. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  59. (St. Exch.) speculate for the rise; try to raise price of (stocks). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  60. Papal edict. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  61. (Often Irish b.) expression containing contradiction in terms or implying ludicrous inconsistency (often an intelligible statement made absurd by compression). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  62. Drink made of water flavoured in empty spirit cask. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  63. A term used for a speculator who buys stocks or shares in the hope of selling at a higher figure, thereby taking a cheerful view of things; being the exact opposite of the Bear, who takes a gloomy view of the situation. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  64. See Briefs. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  65. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The male of any bovine quadruped; hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant;—Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac;—in stock-broking, one who nominally buys shares for delivery on a future day at a certain price, speculating on their rising in value before the day. Cabinet Dictionary
  66. n. [Latin] The seal appended to the edicts and briefs of the Pope;—an edict or rescript of the pope containing some decree, order, or decision;—an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas;—a verbal blunder or contradiction; a misnomer. Cabinet Dictionary
  67. The male of black cattle; in the scriptural sense, an enemy, powerful and violent; one of the twelve signs of the zodiack; a letter or mandate published by the pope; a blunder. Complete Dictionary

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