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big bully

Someone who is overly critical, domineering, or authoritative, or who is physically or psychologically abusive. The intensifier "big" implies a level childishness, immaturity, or a lack of seriousness or severity if used by an adult. Don't take what he says too much to heart, he's just a big bully. Jeff's been a big bully since he got that promotion.
See also: big, bully

bully pulpit

A public position that allows a person to speak with authority and share their views with a large audience. James used his position of class president as a bully pulpit to raise awareness about cyberbullying.
See also: bully

bully for you

Good for you! Well done! Primarily heard in UK. I heard you got promoted—bully for you!
See also: bully

bully (one) into (something)

To thoroughly and continually dominate, intimidate, or browbeat someone into doing something. Oh, they've tried to bully us into accepting their subpar proposal, but we refuse to settle.
See also: bully

a bully is always a coward

A bully will only mistreat others perceived to be weaker. Of course he always picks on kids who are smaller than him. A bully is always a coward.
See also: always, bully, coward

Bully for you!

1. an expression that praises someone or someone's courage. (Dated, but still heard.) The audience shouted, "Bravo! Bully for you!" Bob: I quit my job today. Sally: Bully for you! Now what are you going to do? Bob: Well, I need a little loan to tide me over.
2. a sarcastic phrase belittling someone's statement or accomplishment. Bob: I managed to save three dollars last week. Bill: Well, bully for you! Mary: I won a certificate good for a free meal! Sally: Bully for you!
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bully is always a coward

Prov. Bullies will only intimidate people who are much weaker than they are, because they are afraid of losing a fight. Child: Dad, Joey keeps picking on me. How can I make him stop? Father: Try fighting back. A bully is always a coward. Bill took advantage of the younger children, but he was quiet and docile around the older ones. A bully is always a coward.
See also: always, bully, coward

bully someone into something

to harass or threaten someone into doing something. The coach tried to bully them into agreeing to stay late and practice. Don't try to bully me into your way of doing things.
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bully for —!

well done!; good for (you, them, etc.)!
This expression takes its origin from the US colloquial sense of bully meaning ‘first-rate’, recorded since the mid 19th century.
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bully for somebody!

(spoken) used to show that you do not think that what somebody has said or done is very impressive: ‘Janet’s just won a free holiday in Spain.’ ‘Oh, bully for her! She’s so rich anyway, she can afford to go away whenever she wants to.’
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But bullying can happen anywhere, McMahon said, and he emphasized that girls can be bullies as easily as boys.
What surprised me was that bullies suffer these long-term psychological effects, too.
Since it was launched in 2004 the ECHO-backed charity estimates it has helped more than 100,000 Merseyside bully victims and their families as well as showing would-be bullies the harm teasing and verbal and physical abuse can have.
Bullies, as children, often were victims at home and thus became bullies out in the world.
The most striking finding was the frequency by which bullies and bully-victims had been exposed to domestic violence, said Dr.
Bullies come in many sizes and types, among them the character assassin, the micro-managing control freak; the silent grenade ready to explode, and the opportunistic, manipulative backstabber.
Together with responses of 247 peers (total n = 274), results indicated that 11% of the students with BD were labeled bullies (vs.
Some studies suggest women and men are about equally represented among the bullies, but women are more likely than men to be targets, and therefore to experience more of the negative health effects of bullying.
This textbook aims to discuss the complex issues regarding bullying and the behaviours associated with bullies.
Let bullies know there are punitive consequences to their bullying behaviour.
The characteristics of bullies and their victims and the effects of bullying on the child's mental health were also discussed.
The issue of school bullies and their victims has been a source of much research during recent years.
Bullying has negative consequences for victims, for bullies, and for school climate (Berthold & Hoover, 2000; Olweus; Payne & Gottfredson, 2004).
Young Voice, the Anti-Bullying Alliance Network for the West Midlands, found that bullies are SIX TIMES more likely than classmates to have a criminal record by the age of 24.
Surviving Bullies Workbook: Skills to Help Protect You from Bullying Lulu, www.