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Topic: ANIMALS

Sense: 1-3, 5-6, 8-9
Origin: Old English bula
Sense: 4
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: bullshit
Sense: 7
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: bulla

bull

1 noun
     
bull
bull1
1

male cow

HBATA [countable] an adult male animal of the cattle family:
a herd of cows with one bull
2

male animal

HBA [countable] the male of some other large animals such as the elephant or whale
3

take the bull by the horns

to bravely or confidently deal with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant problem:
Nora decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things for herself.
4

nonsense

[uncountable] informal nonsense or something that is completely untrue [= rubbish]:
What a load of bull!
5

like a bull in a china shop

if you are like a bull in a china shop, you keep knocking things over, dropping things, breaking things etc
6

like a bull at a gate

if you move somewhere like a bull at a gate, you move there very fast, ignoring everything in your way
7

religion

RRC [countable] an official statement from the Pope
8

centre

DSO [countable] also bullseye the centre of a target that you are shooting at
9

business

[countable] technicalBFS someone who buys shares because they expect prices to rise [↪ bear] bull market

➔ cock and bull story

at cock1 (4)

; ➔ like a red rag to a bull

at red1 (5)

; ➔ shoot the bull

at shoot1 (13)
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