bull1 [bul] n
hoof, ↑horn
1¦(male cow)¦
2¦(male animal)¦
3 take the bull by the horns
5 like a bull in a china shop
6 like a bull at a gate
[Sense: 1-3, 5-6, 8-9; Origin: Old English bula]
[Sense: 4; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: bullshit]
[Sense: 7; Date: 1200-1300; : Medieval Latin; Origin: bulla]
1.) ¦(MALE COW)¦
an adult male animal of the cattle family
a herd of cows with one bull
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)¦[U] 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)¦
an official statement from the Pope
8.) ¦(CENTRE)¦ also bullseye
the centre of a ↑target that you are shooting at
9.) ¦(BUSINESS)¦ technical
someone who buys ↑shares because they expect prices to rise
cock and bull story atcock1 (4), like a red rag to a bull atred1 (5), shoot the bull atshoot1 (13)
bull 2
bull2 interjection
[Date: 1900-2000; Origin: BULL12]
used to say that you do not believe or agree with what someone has said
Bull! Where did you get that idea?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

(usually of bovine animals) / (issued by the Pope), / (involving a contradiction), / / ,

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