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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.
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bully for you

Good for you! Well done! Can also be used sarcastically to convey the speaker's annoyance. Primarily heard in UK. I heard you got promoted—bully for you! A: "I'm so excited to have a date to the dance!" B: "Well, bully for you! No one has asked me yet."
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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


To bother or badger someone. Would you quit bullyragging me? I didn't do anything wrong, I swear!

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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tv. & in. to harass someone. Don’t bullyrag me just because you’re upset.
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These need to consider not only the individual reasons as to why a child may bully but also need to target bullying as a "group process".
It is the school that will talk to the bully, because somebody has to intervene,' she said.
Larsen and The Bully Book there is more than one bully.
If the bystander feels safe, it is appropriate to verbalize disapproval of the bully's behavior--or at the very least, leave the scene, thus robbing the bully of an audience and thus diminishing the bully's power.
Ethnic composition of the school classes appeared to moderate the relationship between ethnicity and bullying in that ethnic minorities appeared to bully more in ethnically diverse classes.
When parents find out that their child is a bully they should get information from the school, find the source of his anger and install sympathy role play methods.
The issue of bullying bystanders and how to stop bullying if you are the bully are also addressed.
One study reported that children who have multiple roles in bullying behavior such as victim bully and bystander (Children who witnessed bullying but they did not report it.
McMahon explained that bullying has three components: the bully, the victim and the bystander.
If you feel threatened, try to have someone with you when you meet the bully until the matter is resolved.
When the bully is a woman, 71 percent of targets are women and 29 percent are men.
Nursing is about caring and being a team, so how we go from that to bullying I do not have a definite answer, but most of the time the people who bully do not realize that they are bullying.