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John Bull

  (old-fashioned)
a character who represents a typical English man or the English people
Usage notes: This phrase comes from a book called The History of John Bull written by John Arbuthnot in 1712.
In the cartoon, John Bull appears as a short, stocky figure wearing a waistcoat with the British flag on.
See also: bull, john
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The Free Trade, in Byker, was named as Tyneside Cider pub of the year, while the John Bull, in Alnwick, picked up a second accolade with North Northumberland cider pub of the year, as did The Three Horse Shoes, in High Horton, which was named South East Northumberland cider pub of the year.
John Bull originated in the 18th century and is here shown in his typical dress - he would also appear in uniform and as the face of different animals in the course of the war.
Russell told CubaNews that "we're looking for possibilties and locations," though he added that any expansion of John Bull in Cuba would likely be limited to Havana.
John Bull has 12 stores throughout the Bahamas and services a discriminating clientele of local residents and international travelers.
and that should have even the most patriotic John Bull cowering in shame.
Out of action through injury, Looks Like Trouble is now set to run in either the John Bull Chase at Wincanton or the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on January 19, with his campaign being geared ultimately towards the Tote Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.
Judge John Bull said: "I am bound to consider prison for both of you.
Perhaps the international art critic who proclaims the diaristic, confessional virtues of Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon should be able to recognize those same qualities in Salle's work - although, to be honest, Salle's confessional mode is way too French, too nasty and acidic (a la Bataille) and totally lacking in the bogus, John Bull fulsomeness of Freud's and Bacon's angst.
Bull, 53, joined the cult in the mid-1970s after teaching English in Spain for a few years, said her brother, John Bull of Ellensburg, Wash.
Before he became the Victorians' national icon, before he became a personification of many Victorian values, and before his fictionalized existence became a political reality through the press and cartoons, John Bull, like the Victorians who were immortalized in biographies, endured many changes and passed through a number of "identity crises" before becoming an adult who could make any contributions to the Victorian way of life.
Candidate: John Bull aka Ray Egan and 'clean and orderly' Amsterdam, left.
The Simply Great gelding, who bolted up in last year's John Bull, refused to jump off at Ascot the following month and declined to exert himself again in the King George.
Channel 4 is due to show racing from Kempton and Catterick with no current slot for Wincanton, but they are keen to show the John Bull Chase now Looks Like Trouble is virtually certain to run there.
The manager of Nuneaton social services, John Bull, presented nine men and women with the Equal People awards.
In Asia, Escala Group's auction operations are conducted through John Bull Stamp Auctions, Ltd, the oldest philatelic auction house in Hong Kong.